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by Belle
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

I'm very familiar with the work of Brecht, as a former Drama teacher (for a time) and his worderful theatre music, particularly this work!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUgkrlL8GkE And I'm rather fond of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSLTvKC-P3Y This afternoon I was watching the National ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Woody Allen on "Candid Camera"
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Woody Allen on "Candid Camera"

It's quite charming, in its way. I was never a fan of Candid Camera, but I like this. I agree; I've never found anything funny about humiliating people for laughs and wasn't a fan of "Candid Camera" either. I found this one from Woody Allen and at least the Stenographer wasn't led into total humili...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

Absolute gold!!
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:59 pm
Belle wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Next year I'll be presenting some of it to our music group, minus the circomlocutions of our acolyte here on CMG!!
Belle I'll be looking for your presentations on youtube! Regards, Len [fleeing] :lol:
Len, I don't have a Tube!!!
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

the opera The Tempest. Philip we saw both his The Tempest and his Exterminating Angel at the Met-I liked Exterminating Angel better-go figure. Regards, Len :) There is obviously much music of our time to be admired and which will exist in perpetuity. Next year I'll be presenting some of it to our m...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Agree in principle with much of what you've said. But the terms of Ridd's employment have become conflated with the science itself; he was sacked because he dared to question the scientific methodology used at his institution, James Cook University in Townsville . That's what this is about. The stak...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

Brahms criticism for not having a harpsichord? You are working from the outer limits of probability and straining to make a coherent argument. "Inappropriate" is a value judgment. Might I suggest alternates if you feel you need to make this case; anachronistic, ineffective, counter-intuitive, redund...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

"Just don't bash the things you don't like as if your not liking them is a criticism of them. " This is gobbledygook. If people don't like something the odds are they're not going to be interested in 'criticizing' it anyway, apart from just dismissing it when questioned or commenting. Your comment ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

As I've said before, I haven't kept up with the whole climate change debate. However, I would definitely not trust anything I read in "The Guardian". Here are some comments under an item about Dr. Peter Ridd and his research dispute in "The Australian" newspaper a week ago. I think the comments show...
by Belle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I take all your points. I don't know terribly much about it beyond what I've already said. Our Prime Minister (my son's boss) is in the USA with Trump at the moment and he has not been invited to the Climate summit!! He is persona non grata. Even if we reduce our emissions here we are still selling ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

There's just a scorched earth policy and I'm sure some people would like to return us to the caves. I'm a great believer in the power of human ingenuity and the prospects of technology to solve our problems, and these are longer term (such as nuclear power, but not limited to that). I quite agree w...
by Belle
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Holden Fourth: I fully get where you are coming from. An expert Professor, Peter Ridd, from James Cook University was summarily sacked recently for questioning what he said was bogus science on the condition of the Great Barrier Reef. He won his court appeal of "Unfair Dismissal" and was awarded com...
by Belle
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’

This article had one very relevant paragraph; the closing one. One of my favourite all time works and I've been listening to it while my husband is in Western Australia.
by Belle
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

If somebody considers something worthless, no matter what the basis, then subjectively it IS worthless - be that music, literature, friendship, marriage, assets, a political leader or party. A thing or person or ideology only has worth or merit or value if the society/person/institution THINKS it do...
by Belle
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 28
Views: 317

Re: Standards for New Music

One of the pleasures of listening to 'old' music is that I didn't need to read a lecture and instructions on how to like and enjoy it. That happened spontaneously because most of it speaks with an immediacy to the widest possible audience at any one time. It doesn't suit your narrative that people c...
by Belle
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Woody Allen on "Candid Camera"
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Woody Allen on "Candid Camera"

I've always thought this program an unfair booby trap, but this seems quite funny!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGb_jzaUWOg
by Belle
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 505332

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Cantata BWV78 " Jesu, der du Meine Seele " from the All of Bach project in the Netherlands. Not only first class musicianship but notes accompany the work, similar to the old liner notes on CDs!! https://www.bachvereniging.nl/en/bwv/bwv-78/ Belle, thank you for that exquisite Bac...
by Belle
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 7
Views: 545

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

This kind of nepotism ... didn't just start in recent times. Quite so. The great conductor Felix Weingartner (1863-1942) featured his wife, the not so great mezzo-soprano Lucille Marcel, in several recordings, including some songs he composed for her. And I'm sure there have been many earlier examp...
by Belle
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 505332

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Cantata BWV78 "Jesu, der du Meine Seele" from the All of Bach project in the Netherlands. Not only first class musicianship but notes accompany the work, similar to the old liner notes on CDs!!

https://www.bachvereniging.nl/en/bwv/bwv-78/
by Belle
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 7
Views: 545

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

Yes, an interesting review. I haven't heard Kirill Petrenko's conducting, so perhaps I shouldn't comment, but as described I would prefer his approach to Nelsons, whose Boston Symphony Shostakovich leaves me dissatisfied in the main.Nelsons also chose his wife to sing Wagner's Liebestod in a recent...
by Belle
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: If True Absolutely Outrageous!
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: If True Absolutely Outrageous!

Sounds like a normal day/night in the life of Sydney University's residential colleges!! Some of our most famous people have been through that institution and have engaged in less than savoury antics including, but not limited to, bastardization, drugs, orgies, ridicule and forced conformity. These ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)

Frans Bruggen; very, very much missed. I have some of his recordings. Bruggen and Harnoncourt represented my earliest excursions into HIP and I was lucky enough to see the latter in performance on half a dozen occasions in Vienna. Thank you; I know about that Treatise on Harmony and its fame and inf...
by Belle
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)

Next year I'm presenting another installment in a program for our music group on the topic of Baroque Music for the Theatre. Last year it was England and Purcell and next year I want to focus on Lully and Rameau, mostly on the latter. Can anybody here recommend a book which covers the cultural milie...
by Belle
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Thanks for the list, diegobueno. I'm thinking we need to program some newer music into our music group's programs for 2020. I'll take a listen to some from your list on the internet and it will be easily facilitated for a presentation because we have the internet, power-point and U-Tube available at...
by Belle
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I related to your comment about your brain having no more room for certain composers!! Can you post any of the modern works you like, if these are available?
by Belle
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Re: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Music should be complex, original, architectural, inspirational, challenging, ingenius and musical. "Beautiful" is a bonus, but not absolutely essential. I wouldn't necessarily call a lot of Bach's music "beautiful" at all. This piece is a balm, a salve for life's depredations: contemplative and tra...
by Belle
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher

Len, are you suggesting that Falstaff ate food like that in your pictures?? :lol:
by Belle
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 11
Views: 4670

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

Absolutely agree.
by Belle
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Also, maestrob, for what it's worth - Carlos Kleiber was largely 'self taught' too!! Thanks, Belle! For the record, I graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Modern Languages and a double major (Education/French, with Russian as my minor) before moving to Manhattan in 1973. This means ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

There's a fine analysis of Brahms Symphony no. 2 in the BBC Radio series "Discovering Music," which told me things about the music that I hadn't suspected. If you're interested, it's here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p01yx0hn Thanks for this; up at 5am today and listening now. Nice and loud a...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Sergei Babayan, pianist ( and Trifonov's mentor ),Verbier Festival Orchestra,Gabor Takacs-Nagy play Mozart’s PC # 9, K.271, “Jeunehomme” , at 2019 Verbier Festival ; extraordinary: https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/gabor-takacs-nagy-conducts-brahms-symphony-no-2-in-d-major/ Free VOD. I really like ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Also, maestrob, for what it's worth - Carlos Kleiber was largely 'self taught' too!!
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Re: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra

I liked Luisi's conducting while he was at the MET, and the Dallas Symphony is indeed a fine orchestra. I particularly resonate with Luisi's dictum: "Never go beyond beautiful." That makes sense to me. 8) Mozart said the same thing. Heresy alert: for me Mozart's music went beyond that. Not all the ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Re: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra

maestrob wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:24 am
I liked Luisi's conducting while he was at the MET, and the Dallas Symphony is indeed a fine orchestra. I particularly resonate with Luisi's dictum: "Never go beyond beautiful." That makes sense to me. 8)
What do you think he meant by that quote?
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

With that kind of musical pedigree I'm sure you're justifiably proud, together with your wife. What an honour to have even enrolled at Juilliard, let alone to have graduated - and then some. I'm more than impressed. Some people talk the talk but others, like yourself, walk the walk!! Those are big ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tour around Berlin, 1929
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Tour around Berlin, 1929

With the invention of the moving image we no longer just have to read about and/or imagine history; we can see for ourselves. All those previous generations in a city that looked to all intents and purposes prosperous but which harbored a dark underbelly. That short clip and those smiling faces coul...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tour around Berlin, 1929
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Tour around Berlin, 1929

I came across this just now on the internet. Apropos nothing, I thought it was quite interesting: well, kind of sad in a way -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtoRYmKRwIE
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I walk the walk, Sue. Just in my case, it's more of a waddle. :lol: Yes, of course, as many people do here on CMG. I was also referring more generally with my comment - and that applies equally outside music as well. (The wind is absolutely roaring here - at least 100kph - and terribly hot. Early S...
by Belle
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

With that kind of musical pedigree I'm sure you're justifiably proud, together with your wife. What an honour to have even enrolled at Juilliard, let alone to have graduated - and then some. I'm more than impressed. Some people talk the talk but others, like yourself, walk the walk!! Those are big n...
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano music from " down under "
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Piano music from " down under "

This is a sweet clip in which Michael Keiran Harvey explains how he composed a bravura piece for a student with small hands, then plays it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMv1JbYjJpw That's a different pianist to Michael Kieran Harvey. Here is the latter on keyboard in his own composition: it take...
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

To get back to the original topic: I used to fall in love with whatever music I was working on (when I was performing), whether it was studying the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Juilliard in class with Vincent La Selva, performing the Bach B Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph, or reading...
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I feel that I could explore "The Trojans" after today's program but, to be honest, I prefer the refinement of Italian baroque opera to anything from the 19th century. Belle I love this work-fantastic music! Grimes isn't chopped liver either! Regards, Len :lol: I'm trying to give that up!! :mrgreen:
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1326

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

Oh dear! I've learned over the years not to invest too much in certainty - at least in theory - because I just may be wrong. (I speak only of music, of course! :D) Oh yes, "at least in theory"! :lol: Speaking of which I see I got things the other way around in my posting; "it was Chopin and NOT Bee...
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I do have enthusiasm for Haydn more and more these days, with a special fondness for the masses, The Seasons, The Creation and the piano sonatas. I've been to this very Schloss, just an hour by train from Vienna! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIpSNMQZH9M To which I add the piano trios and string ...
by Belle
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

As I said, "off the top of my head". Anyway, I've just looked at Rosen and he has interesting things to say about Haydn's intellectuality, though he does say his works were 'patchy' in this and other musical respects and not a consistent whole. I think some of the thinking about intellectuality stem...
by Belle
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Years ago, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival had an all-day Haydn marathon with H. C. Robbins Landon as host and commentator. At one point he said Haydn was the most intellectual composer of his time, a surprising statement about Papa Haydn the musical jokester, but if anyone was qualified to...
by Belle
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I do have enthusiasm for Haydn more and more these days, with a special fondness for the masses, The Seasons, The Creation and the piano sonatas. I've been to this very Schloss, just an hour by train from Vienna!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIpSNMQZH9M
by Belle
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1326

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

Sue, you must find all of us annoying. We ALL know all there is to know about classical music, even when we're entirely wrong. :lol: That's a terrible story about your friend's boy, though. So sad, and so terrifying for him and his family. No, THIS is annoying - constant malapropisms and wrong deta...
by Belle
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7894

Re: Your changing musical tastes

So I'm presuming that you still listen to Schubert's Symphony #5 after all these years? I've gone on to other composers like Berg, Webern etc. and I've found it's hard to return, after that, to purely tonal music. Except baroque; that's a very special case. I agree Bach was the greatest but that his...
by Belle
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1326

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

At our music group there's a man there whom I find annoying. He spent 37 years in English musical theatre and thinks he knows all about classical music. Last week he announced that Schubert had died from mercury poisoning because of syphilis. I'm sure Schubert died from "tertiary syphilis; that is t...