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by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

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: 34

"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: 310

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

You're obviously a first class teacher. More power to you!!
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

In short, a mixed bag which defies categorization except for mental illness. Agreed. They defy easy categorization even that of mental illness, "nutjob" being the tired excuse the NRA and their fellow travelers in the GOP trot out to killgun control. But for sure they are not random gunslingers, li...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I'm way behind the piano competition and have lost track. I will look here for any updates.
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:05 pm
Belle wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:01 pm
17 year old kids.
Some. Some too are in their 20s and 30s.
In short, a mixed bag which defies categorization except for mental illness.
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

Same thing really. Really. Like it or not, there is a difference. I would have taught my students about the values behind the text and the ideas being promulgated by it. In fact, this is precisely what I taught as an English teacher - ordered to do so by the then-syllabus. This way I was also able ...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:01 pm
Belle wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:09 pm
your country has much more to fear from random gunslingers than 'white nationalists'
Our random gunslingers are, as often as not, white nationalists.
What??? 17 year old kids.
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:56 pm
Belle wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:17 pm
And Joseph Heller said
He didn't say anything, he showed it, choosing as his protagonist the antithesis of what he was in real life. Heller enlisted in 1942 at age 19 and flew 60 combat missions as a B-29 bombadier on the Italian front.
OK, he 'showed us'. Same thing really.
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

The traditional gender of the male muse notwithstanding, its counterpart today has become burly realpolitik. I would love to hold hands and make daisy chains too, but I don't think the world is ready for my pollyanna brand of pacifism. Meantime, leave the boys alone; they'll soon enough be conscrip...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

at least, not in Australia. On that, if little else politically, we can agree. Racism is the U.S. of America's peculiar institution, embedded idiosyncratically into our culture. In America, conservatives, unnerved by finding themselves embraced by the KKK, neofascists and proto-racists like the rab...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

the Left has won the culture wars (as Dr. Weinstein says) but politically the Left is pretty much on the run the world over. Not in the U.S. In the last election the left (meaning the Democrats) took control of the House of Representatives and cut the right (Republican) majority in the Senate to 3....
by Belle
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

You've obviously not listened to the excellent podcast with Dr. Weinstein and Brendan O'Neill. These are two first class public intellectuals, both self-proclaimed of the Left as it happens. That doesn't stop me listening to them and finding new ideas and ways of thinking about the world. It can dev...
by Belle
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

I live in the world of realpolitik and I admire the courageous actions of fellow human beings, most of them being males, who died in droves to save me and mine. And Australia was and is half a world away from those actions; yet our young men volunteered , over and over. And they were slaughtered in ...
by Belle
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I cannot load or watch any of the replays, so I'll have to follow your comments on the competition. My computer speed just isn't fast enough: 47!!! I've been told I just cannot get anything faster. Third world. Perhaps good news: Today Medici TV has announced it had overwhelming response over the w...
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I cannot load or watch any of the replays, so I'll have to follow your comments on the competition. My computer speed just isn't fast enough: 47!!! I've been told I just cannot get anything faster. Third world.
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

Here's an excellent discussion, from "Spiked Online", between Dr. Bret Weinstein and Brendan O'Neill. It is 1:14 long but terribly interesting. I enjoyed the discussion but found multiple inconsistencies in their ideas: the long comment underneath the podcast really was insightful!! https://www.spik...
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

And the old farts with bony arses and weak hams that send children off to battle will mostly belong to a 'masculine' sorority. Totally governed, of course, by the people or peoples who provide your next existential threat. Unless you believe there's never going to be one?? And, of course, all those...
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

the military is the historic locus of masculinity. Surely it averaged out over the past century. The comfort women in their occupied territories, if any survive, doubtless could testify about where the locus of Japanese masculinity once resided. The Japanese are not alone in that respect. Just ask ...
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Any predictions for prize winners?
by Belle
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BoJo Britain's Trump?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: BoJo Britain's Trump?

This is tremendously disappointing. I heard Johnson's office described as "shambolic" in one recent interview. The Brexit vote was conducted prematurely as the people did not know the terms of any deal. There were not any. I fully understand the antipathy towards the EU and its globalist pan nationa...
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

Maybe not socio economic but cultural, or a combination of both. Japan has not had a viable military since WW2, but this may be changing. I am no sociologist, but the military is the historic locus of masculinity.
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I'm really enjoying the replays as much as technology will allow - and the weather here is magnificently cold. Very impressed with (Japanese) Mao Fujita!
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

Wnnderful!! I've seen Koopman a couple times in concert with that ensemble and he's highly exuberant!! From memory, I think they played the Haydn "Military" symphony on one of these occasions!! Joy.
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The pianist and the lobster
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: The pianist and the lobster

I wanted to re-read sections of the article but it is behind a paywall after the first reading!
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

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

There is another factor here, not discussed in this article; Japanese men are not marrying in anywhere near the numbers they once did. Marriage is at historically low levels. My eldest son noticed the 'feminization' of males when he was in Japan a couple of years ago; men who spend more time on thei...
by Belle
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Sure, but she does mainly play classical music - as per that Chopin I first put on here.
by Belle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Here we go again; sex and music = kitsch!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926ZPueyy1I

Brought to you courtesy of Dow Corning?? :mrgreen:
by Belle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The pianist and the lobster
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: The pianist and the lobster

I did a double take when I read this at first, thinking it was about Dr. Jordan Peterson. Will send the article to him via Twitter! Fascinating reading and thanks for posting it. :D
by Belle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Thanks everyone, for the help and advice.
by Belle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I've struck up many a conversation with the person/s sitting beside me at concerts, particularly in Vienna - but I wouldn't say these were humorous discussions. I try not to venture down that road until I really know somebody well; the Viennese are very polite but somewhat reserved. The funniest 'c...
by Belle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I've struck up many a conversation with the person/s sitting beside me at concerts, particularly in Vienna - but I wouldn't say these were humorous discussions. I try not to venture down that road until I really know somebody well; the Viennese are very polite but somewhat reserved. The funniest 'co...
by Belle
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Another must-see for pianophiles: Alexander Malofeev,Russia, age 17 https://tch16.medici.tv/en/replay/first-round-with-alexander-malofeev-/ Bach, WTC 2, Prelude and Fugue in A minor,BWV 889 Beethoven, “ Appassionata” Tchaikovsky, “Dumka” , Op.59 Chopin, Op.25, # 11 Liszt, TE # 4, “Mazeppa” Stunning...
by Belle
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Honestly; the technology becomes more difficult, not easier... The monthly bills for technology and subscriptions are racking up as we also have "pay" TV (not to mention Medici). Similar problems here. We have met the enemy and he is us.Or as our PT Barnum used to say..... "I sent my soul into the ...
by Belle
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

Getting to know and love this recording more and more. What virtuosity on display here - musical and compositional!!

https://www.allmusic.com/album/js-bach- ... 0002581302
by Belle
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

And for this I pay $215 per month!! Mine is approx. US $ 75/mo. But, your shiraz is better. I'll try to remember the Shiraz when my speeds grow lower!! Complained yesterday to the provider, in the office, and he said, 'it's Australia'! I had told him about your better speeds. Sigh. I'm disappointed...
by Belle
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Another suggestion would be to use the "Replay" option, may be more convenient than live on Moscow time ( 7 hours ahead of US EDT ), and Replay uses less download speed.A specific replay is posted very quickly after the live recital ends, usually within 1-2 hours so far. https://tch16.medici.tv/en/...
by Belle
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I didn't know there was a separate webpage for the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and I'd been looking for it everywhere on MediciTV! Anyway, my internet reception just isn't good enough to watch these most of the time and for this reason I've had to cancel my subscription on 26 July. Just watching o...
by Belle
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 13-year-olds, whose brains are still under construction, can w/o permission take & send disappearing photos on Snapchat
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: 13-year-olds, whose brains are still under construction, can w/o permission take & send disappearing photos on Snapc

Very interesting. I find it astonishing that the human brain has still so much development going on until "more than a decade" later than 13 and yet, until only quite recently, life expectancy was never going to allow much use for that cognitive improvement! And girls go into puberty earlier and ear...
by Belle
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Yes, it's a bit of a tightrope for a performer, but nothing spoils Chopin more than a sentimental or overly refined playing, not least because it comes across as "look at me, look at me". I haven't watched a lot of Liberace - I'll watch that clip now - but I always loved Victor Borge. I always laug...
by Belle
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Liberace was obviously a very accomplished pianist; it's what he DID with Chopin, making it syrupy, which did a lot of damage to that composer.
by Belle
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxbhhSInXKk Absolutely priceless. You know, I think Liberace did Chopin a power of damage for a couple of decades. Many people like this, but I think it's cheap. Boy, has she got phenomenal technique, though!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4pXePdn2B0 How terr...
by Belle
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Sex and Chopin

Is this the only way to engage younger people with our beloved art? (She dresses and looks rather like my very recent daughter-in-law - son No. 3!!!). I must say this woman is absolutely gorgeous, even with the Botox and other 'enhancements': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FdDLvED_4E Then this: wa...
by Belle
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 226

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: 4892

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: 4892

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: 4892

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: 259

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: 18
Views: 356

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: 259

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.