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by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 690
Views: 338017

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: 16
Views: 278

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: 16
Views: 278

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: 43

'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: 16
Views: 278

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: 207

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: 14
Views: 165

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: 207

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: 207

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...
by Belle
Fri May 24, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 14
Views: 165

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Our audience wasn't listening to the "Goldberg" on the particular occasion but I do agree they're the more interesting of the two sets I've discussed and that's why I included them in this discussion. (Plus the fact that they're often regarded as of similar stature.) And I do enjoy the variation tre...
by Belle
Fri May 24, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 207

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

Seems to me there's way too much hatred around these days - from both sides of politics and all shades in between. As in Australia, I don't believe it's the ordinary citizen doing the hating.
by Belle
Thu May 23, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 207

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

lennygoran wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 7:19 pm
Belle wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 4:02 pm
And still the rats are here.
Yep, in the White House and the Republicans in the Senate. Regards, Len :(
In short, they represent half the voting public. That's sure to be an electoral winner!! But I do admire your language of brotherly love and tolerance.
by Belle
Thu May 23, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 25
Views: 4391

Re: New Eaglets

I wonder how long it will be before they leave the nest and what prevents them from falling over the side, out of the nest??
by Belle
Thu May 23, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 14
Views: 165

"Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Last week our music group had a program about the "Diabelli Variations". Much discussion ensued on the work and variation form itself. I've never warmed to either work and I wonder if it is structural. Some people described variations as depicting 'moods' while still others, like myself, felt variat...
by Belle
Thu May 23, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 207

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

We have put men on the moon, transplanted major organs, have driver-less vehicles, two-storey aircraft, sophisticated weapons of war, computers and machines to do our drudge work. And still the rats are here. And they'll be here long after we've cured cancer. " The Blob ", made in the 1950s, was REA...
by Belle
Tue May 21, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver's restaurant business collapses
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Jamie Oliver's restaurant business collapses

The first thing I'd say is that if you're going into the restaurant business don't spend every other waking hour showing people through books and on TV how to cook your simple, easy and delicious recipes at home!!! Business 101. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire goes into administration Jamie Oliver’...
by Belle
Tue May 21, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

To a large extent I actually agree with you; I'd be the first up on the barricades proclaiming the right to freedoms, of any kind. But I'm thinking in particular of Fred Nile and his Festival of Light and the outrageous things he said in the NSW parliament and, more recently, the Folau controversy i...
by Belle
Tue May 21, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Mr Morrison was a controversial Immigration Minister under Tony Abbott after the 2013 election, implementing Operation Sovereign Borders It wasn't 'controversial '. The government won a 25 seat majority on the mandate of border protection. The only people who thought it was 'controversial' were and...
by Belle
Tue May 21, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I don't like any kind of government boondoggles that try to enforce conformity of speech, behaviour or anything else that impinges on individual liberty. I am not across the religious issues because I'm not part of a particular denomination to any serious extent; I'd call myself more of a 'cultural ...
by Belle
Tue May 21, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

No worries, Barney; thanks for your comments. A lot of my friends are Labor supporters and they've been very gracious about my son and his involvement. Was getting sms all through the count on Saturday night. Saw son (and spouse) for lunch today (a very rare occurrence) and they talked about the fun...
by Belle
Sun May 19, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Steven Osborne's new Beethoven cd
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Pianist Steven Osborne's new Beethoven cd

Just listened to this; really wonderful performance and thanks for putting it here. I'm presenting a program on Thursday week of the late Beethoven piano sonatas so this performance is timely.
by Belle
Sat May 18, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

A great night tonight, but the numbers haven't lead to majority government YET with 75% of the vote counted. A victory - totally unexpected - and my son keeps his job with the PM for another 3 years!! He never erred in his belief in the boss (Scott Morrison) all these years.
by Belle
Fri May 17, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Peterson v Zizek in debate
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Re: Peterson v Zizek in debate

I finished watching all of this today, with my husband. I was disarmed by Dr. Zizek and his humour and personality and he made quite a lot of sense. This was a very respectful debate with both men admirers of the other. Dr. Peterson's planetary-sized brain found an equal match with Dr. Zizek (whom I...
by Belle
Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Peterson v Zizek in debate
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Peterson v Zizek in debate

This debate just took place recently and doesn't get underway until about 16 minutes, with all preliminaries taking up a lot of time. I haven't watched all of it because I find Dr. Zizek's myriad tics and OCDs hard to watch and him difficult to hear. Dr. Peterson is his usual poised self, with gentl...
by Belle
Thu May 16, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Vale Doris Day
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Vale Doris Day

Presumably she wasn't talking about your clothing!! :mrgreen: I watched " Love Me or Leave Me " again yesterday. It's a good film and Cagney is absolutely brilliant as 'the gimp' Marty Snyder, a small-time thug who controlled Ruth Etting's career and beat her up. Cagney captures the aggression and v...
by Belle
Tue May 14, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Vale Doris Day
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Vale Doris Day

It was a remarkably long life and, fortunately, she died quickly. Her wonderful career saw her mellifluous singing voice combined with a flair for comedy and a talent for acting. She'll be best remembered for her role as Ruth Etting in " Love Me or Leave Me " with James Cagney. She was also wonderfu...
by Belle
Tue May 14, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: George Dreyfus

Excellent that you're able to get to all those performances in Melbourne. Sounds like a good evening, apart from the disruption. What do you make of the Dreyfus case (cough) otherwise? Do you think he has one, in light of that link I included? I don't know anything about George's composing except so...
by Belle
Mon May 13, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: George Dreyfus

Oh, so you were there!! At the coalface, so to say. Perhaps he has a bit of Dementia, being 91 and all; that can make them very aggressive.
by Belle
Mon May 13, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1267
Views: 439289

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

I enjoyed this group in my young years (though they seem to be singing between the notes during this live performance!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGhQtFXBwWs
by Belle
Sun May 12, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: George Dreyfus

Rach3 wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:54 pm
Belle wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Son Mark loves digging dirt and wants to beef up our Human Rights body to make sure people don't get to say anything he doesn't agree with.
Is he a Trump fan ?
Quite the opposite!! But do read the article and tell me what you think about Dreyfus senior's situation.
by Belle
Sun May 12, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australia Festival in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Australia Festival in New York

A minor memory. My father was assistant conductor when The Australian Ballet toured Canada, the US and South America in 1967. At the time I was collecting those small books of matches that companies, cafes and tourist places etc used to produce as a means of marketing and promotion. My father menti...
by Belle
Sun May 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: George Dreyfus

Sorry, but topics like this belong in the Corner Pub, not here. Yes, I thought about that; but the topic is about a composer and his work and the lengths he'll go to combat rejection. And the impact of this influences the next generation in the family. It's singularly unedifying to see the composer...
by Belle
Sun May 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 510

George Dreyfus

This composer disrupted a performance of "Rigoletto" in Melbourne by shouting at the orchestra with a megaphone from the stalls. Like father, like son; his son will soon be our Attorney General if the polls are right - as early as next weekend. Son Mark loves digging dirt and wants to beef up our Hu...
by Belle
Sun May 12, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1267
Views: 439289

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

The superb John Wilson Orchestra at the Proms, 2017. "Oklahoma" in an edited, original score. This orchestra is absolutely fabulous!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBccEsqAOaY
by Belle
Sat May 11, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australia Festival in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Australia Festival in New York

Thanks for posting this. It seems political correctness is suffused into this review and this doesn't interest me in the least. "The man and woman are equals" - yaaaaaawn.

Naturally our national ballet company cannot compare technically with ABT and NYC Ballet. Those latter I absolutely adore!!
by Belle
Sat May 11, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australia Festival in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Australia Festival in New York

Well, I'd be interested to know how that goes; the Australian Ballet is very good, though haven't been to a performance for ages.
by Belle
Fri May 10, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 690
Views: 338017

Re: What I listened to today

Today a CD of Bach Toccatas BWV910-916, played by Trevor Pinnock. Stunning playing and I especially love this Toccata:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw_2lX18hh4
by Belle
Fri May 10, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

CMG: the music board for very grown up people!! Wonderful discussion; thank you.
by Belle
Fri May 10, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

That second link to the Schubert 9; I'm pretty sure that's the very recording we owned in the late 50s and which I knew as a child. I recognized the cover instantly and had forgotten about it for decades!!
by Belle
Thu May 09, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Re-reading this thread and, in light of yesterday's presentation via U-Tube of Furtwängler's Beethoven (9th) first movement, you've all given me an idea for a program next year. I must say that 1942 performance from the Berliner Philharmoniker was something else and at the end of the movement yester...
by Belle
Thu May 09, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 2944

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

I'm really enjoying all this language used to describe musical performance. If you don't mind, I'm going to plagiarize some of it for future presentations in our music group. :mrgreen:
by Belle
Thu May 09, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

I'm going to forward this information to one of my friends in our group; a retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering who is very interested in recording technology and quality sound. Thanks for the information.
by Belle
Thu May 09, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

My friend is a PhD in Ethnomusicology, just to be clear. But he has a tremendous love of serious art music, jazz and music of other nations. Thanks for the information, which I will email to him now.
by Belle
Wed May 08, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

So it's today Belle. All the very best with it. :D Thanks; I just got home. They loved the program and came up to speak to me about it during the break and afterwards. Our 'tech' man said the Beecham "Sheherazade" is one of the best recordings he's heard because of the warmth of the sound which is ...
by Belle
Wed May 08, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ronald Brautigam's "Emperor " live
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Pianist Ronald Brautigam's "Emperor " live

Excellent; thanks for this. Brautigam is a pianist I have long admired.
by Belle
Mon May 06, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 2944

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

I will not, and cannot, listen to recordings made by a conductor who, AFTER the conclusion of World War II and the Holocaust, would refer to Schoenberg's atonality as "biologically inferior." (Yes, I know that Furtw​ä​ngler actually conducted the premiere of Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, O...
by Belle
Mon May 06, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 2944

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Not quite enough said. For some reason you chose to listen to a Furtwangler Beethoven 9th that's among his worst. He was then both ill - he died three months later - and almost deaf. To do him justice, you should listen to the performance of March 1942, which is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Belle
Mon May 06, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

A little more information. The Mahler song with Janet Baker and John Barbirolli was recorded in May 1967. My source doesn't name the recording venue, whether in Manchester, the Halle Orchestra's home town, or in London; maybe I can find out, probably not. Thanks, John. I am providing translations o...
by Belle
Mon May 06, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Yes, Belle, bonne chance with your presentation! Incidentally, the Nuits d'Ete that you're using with Crespin is conducted by Ansermet, no?....as is the Sheherezade? Those were released in the 1960's on London (Decca to you!), and are still my favorite incarnation of both works. For reasons I've gi...
by Belle
Sun May 05, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 4647

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Absolutely brilliant suggestions and, once again, I thank you for them. The additional information you provided, I'll put onto the handouts. They'll have a lot of reading so that I can play a lot of music !!! The Cortot Chopin Fantasy is a little too long to squeeze into the program, unfortunately. ...