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by Belle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Americans and the arts
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Americans and the arts

The answer is clear. Most Americans think that "the arts" means The Grateful Dead and some things they might see on TV. "The arts" is a very broad church, if I can put it that way. I'd prefer to see the term made more specific to what is actually meant. And its very easy for people to make motherho...
by Belle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

An absolutely magnificent quote! I hadn't read it before. I wonder what he would have written today about the internet and kindles?
by Belle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 24
Views: 642

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I didn't notice that with the conducting as the work isn't one I'm terribly familiar with, but only after subsequent hearings did I notice Hough's mannerisms. In fact, when I think of it, this was on display in the little chat at the beginning of the concert when he was interviewed by the BBC annou...
by Belle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

It's so interesting learning about the stories of other people!! And you've really tapped into something essential; despite a dearth of books in early years people can mature into excellent writers, speakers and thinkers. I think we'd have to draw the conclusion that reading is a very big advantage ...
by Belle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Home library? In my dreams. I would've settled for one book. We didn't have a 'home library' either when I was growing up, but the sister after me (there are 4 of us) always seemed to have a book - presumably it came from school - and she is still very gifted at writing poetry. My father read engin...
by Belle
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Cracker", 1993
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: "Cracker", 1993

I've re-watched a few episodes of this splendid series since posting those original comments a few days ago and will make some observations: "Fitz" is a forensic psychologist who is more akin to a Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammet gumshoe; he is always wearing the same clothes and never seems to c...
by Belle
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World’s Largest Food Market
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: World’s Largest Food Market

Remember those funny scenes at the Parisian food markets in Billy Wilder's film "Irma la Douce"? Nester has his night job there and arrives home at dawn, exhausted, shimmying up the building to bed when Irma is refreshed and ready for the new day!!

"But, that's another story.... "
by Belle
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 24
Views: 642

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I didn't notice that with the conducting as the work isn't one I'm terribly familiar with, but only after subsequent hearings did I notice Hough's mannerisms. In fact, when I think of it, this was on display in the little chat at the beginning of the concert when he was interviewed by the BBC announ...
by Belle
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"

I've been listening to this splendid work via the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, which was recorded in 2013. I could only find a couple of much older performances (quality bad) on U-Tube, one with Charles Mackerras. But this one with the Berliners is specially powerful and very moving...
by Belle
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 24
Views: 642

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I noticed with Hough's performance of the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (for the 2013 Proms) that he tended quite often to suddenly drop away the melody into much quieter passages. This would be in the score (presumably) but done in such a way that it beccomes somewhat mannered. What d...
by Belle
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Cracker", 1993
Replies: 1
Views: 83

"Cracker", 1993

There are many episodes of this fabulous series available on U-Tube. I've mentioned the series in another thread. Robbie Coltrane is fabulous as, in fact, is the entire cast. A great actor is like a well-tuned musical instrument; he or she uses the voice, modulating to the ebb and flow of the lines ...
by Belle
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I feel the same way. At school we used to have "Rock Eisteddfods" and this was a rock music competition between schools in the area. My daughter was in one back in 2000. I took soft ear plugs and even then it was terribly loud. At our school one day the whole school was invited to come and look at t...
by Belle
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 24
Views: 642

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I find these types of series quite dull and relics of a different era. What is usually lacking is an excellent, thought-provoking script - which is the essence of any TV drama or adaptation if it's to be taken seriously. To that end, if you want a REALLY good 'whodunnit' with a central character as ...
by Belle
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I know nothing of the feral rock concerts, but I certainly don't disagree. The opera house should be unsullied by any advertising or even light shows; I am very happy to agree with that too. These rock concerts occur on the large steps at the front, in the forecourt - facing the 'toaster' building ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I think O'Neill has nailed it. And it's so typical for people to conveniently claim 'that was then, this is now'. Using the OH for propaganda, advertising OR light shows is crass. But I also regard it as a 'first world problem'! :D As I've said before, the venue has become coarsened by its feral roc...
by Belle
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Brahms's greatest hero was, of course, Beethoven. He had a bust of that composer in his living room in Vienna. Sorry to learn you have been unwell and have had to go to hospital. Hideous, altogether. Hope things improve for you hereafter. I got some bad medical news myself two days ago and am tryin...
by Belle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I agree 100% with these comments from Brendan O'Neill about the 'advertising' on SOH: as I said previously, it's been done many times before . Opera House outrage all about the Left’s control of public square BRENDAN O’NEILL COLUMNIST If you want to see what hypocrisy looks like, look no further tha...
by Belle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Brahms's greatest hero was, of course, Beethoven. He had a bust of that composer in his living room in Vienna. Sorry to learn you have been unwell and have had to go to hospital. Hideous, altogether. Hope things improve for you hereafter. I got some bad medical news myself two days ago and am trying...
by Belle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 24
Views: 642

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Not sure I want to read "gritty" and "sticky" gay sex scenes - well, actually, I'm sure I don't - but apart from that it looks like a really interesting book. I don't like reading about sex scenes - heterosexual or otherwise. Think of all the really great works of literature; there aren't too many ...
by Belle
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

> My husband loves Australian native flora.< Belle we've seen documentaries on Australian gardens-beautiful-we always wanted to get there. Gotta keep those kangeroos out of them though! Talk about keeping critters out of a garden one of the neighbors is raising chickens-quite a few--somehow one got...
by Belle
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I am very fond of the people of Australia, Canada, and England (half my genes come from the latter!). An opera house is an opera house. Yes, it is used for operas, concerts and other non-classical music events, perhaps. As someone mentioned, I cannot see anyone advertising on our great monuments of...
by Belle
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

Yes, Len, it's an international icon - but I'm suiggesting it looks better from afar!! Enjoy your wonderful operas; you're obviously a man of taste in that regard and how lucky to have all that in NYC at your fingertips. We have our native bottlebrush flowering here on our acre of land as we've just...
by Belle
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 559

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

This is all annoying white noise. I've been canvassed on what I think of this and my answer is straight: first world problem . The OH has been used as a screen for projected light shows for years with and without promotion/advertizing, and the most hideous rock concerts are held in the forecourt. No...
by Belle
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

You're always such a thoughtful person; thank you for your comment. I feel it's time to hug those near and dear as we slip closer towards our own eternity. Recently a close friend's son was killed instantly in a car accident (he was 39) and I wrote to her during one of our exchanges, "I wanted to te...
by Belle
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

In the last 30 hours we have travelled about 800km round trip by car to see one of my husband's oldest friends who is dying of cancer. We arrived at the hospital at 11am today to find him in a deep coma, surrounded by family. On the way back home - a 6 plus hour trip - I listened to Beethoven Sympho...
by Belle
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

I was merely pointing out the irony of what Mozart did and the strong nexus which existed between the operatic overture and first movement sonata form, most notably the symphony.
by Belle
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

John, it doesn't surprise me at all that Mozart included operatic music in his other works. In fact, the (first movement, sonata form) symphony itself arose from the operatic overture so the music for the theatre was already a huge part of its genesis!!
by Belle
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

I've enjoying watching many of these analyses in the past and have actually forwarded them on to musician friends in our group. Visual learning is a powerfully effective tool! In this case it provides a 'road map' into the minds of some of humanity's greatest thinkers/creators. Wouldn't it be enligh...
by Belle
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

Belle speaks truth Thanks, sir. I'm very genuinely concerned about a nation I care about and friends who live there who are reasonable and very intelligent people. It's now the job of a President to calm these waters, which are only being further whipped up with this sort of dangerous and inflammat...
by Belle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

I don't know anything about the political things you're talking about since I don't follow US politics. But I suggest that Judge K is in far greater danger because he has been successful in his endeavour and because of that the good Doctor isn't of very much more interest. And Dr. Ford must have kno...
by Belle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

My concerns are with that family's safety, particularly those 2 girls who are very likely to be subjected to bullying at school. Just dreadful. I know about these things because of my son's high level political job.
by Belle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

I live in fear for Judge Kavanaugh and his family. These unproven allegations have been used to whip people into hysteria. Among them is likely to be someone with no off-switch. If there is violence against him or his family, up to an assassination (not unheard of in modern America), then those who ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Counterpoint isn't the only excitement in this movement. There's a brief, electrifying passage in the exposition and, more prominently, in the recapitulation when the strings do their contrapuntal thing while the winds and brass sing out like a choir in close harmony - at 10:20. Not every performan...
by Belle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

This fellow's analyses are very well done and I've seen quite a few of them. He does a great job on Mozart's Symphony No. 41 - one of my favourites (and I'm not such a Mozart fan these days). In fact, I could use a couple of these analyses at some stage in a power point for our music group because i...
by Belle
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

I don't have the power to know whether somebody is guilty or innocent of any crime; that's for a court of law to decide. And I don't really follow American politics, as I've said before. But this show trial and witch-hunt has staggered people in Australia and if you're friends don't like you.... We ...
by Belle
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

This whole episode is American politics at its worst, and deeply depressing for Western culture.[/b] Belle, it makes me want to cringe-finally Kavanaugh is doing some cringing! Regards, Len “I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did t...
by Belle
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

What did you think of the violin concerto I recommended to you? (If you've listened to it.) I found it no more or less accessible than, say, Berg and it's the sort of work I see could myself appreciating more in the concert hall than at home on the hi-fi system (if that makes any sense). But I don'...
by Belle
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

One of this country's leading political commentators and a vigorous intellect, Greg Sheridan, has written this today about this issue ( and it applies equally to our own High Court ): The Supreme Court has almost ceased being a normal court. As others have noted, it is transforming into a kind of Ho...
by Belle
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

Penderecki , Concerto Grosso (for 3 Cellos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDRsxm3HrNE I sent my Polish physician friend the Penderecki 'Credo' because he dared me to find something "accessible" from this composer. He returned with "I hate it". I don't think he'd be too fond of the Concerto Gross...
by Belle
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

I absolutely adore the Ravel String Quartet in F Major and am listening to it right now. Joy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieRQyyPowH0

What's not to absolutely love about Ravel?
by Belle
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 144259

Re: What I listened to today

Just listening to MediciTV broadcast of Sunday night's concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianadrea Noseda. This piece was particularly stunning: Joshua Bell, violin. Pablo de Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy Op. 25 Introduction and Habañera And what delectable dishes are both conduc...
by Belle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

If this man is guilty and it can be proven, of course he should pay the price. I feel sorry for the wife and children. But it's a sobering reminder of the partisan nature of your Supreme Court that this is going on. I think that if it was just about the rule of law nobody would bother, but each side...
by Belle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Our University of Sydney has a terrible reputation for this kind of behaviour and that institution has bred many of our national leaders - political, academic and cultural. The culture of bastardization, so-called 'rape culture' and assault (one woman in a recent survey complained 'they stare at us'...
by Belle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

God, I'd sure hate to be held to account for my behaviour as a teenager. Scrofulous parties where people took off their clothing, drug-taking and other sordid behaviour was the order of the day, as well as young people having sex all over the place, yelling in the streets in the small hours, vomitin...
by Belle
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling

Love the picture!! Keep enjoying your holiday and don't worry about the trees; they'll still be there.
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

But whereas Facebook's formal appeals process didn't work for Rhodes, public shaming seems to have done the trick. Rhodes' tweet on the topic got more than 2,000 retweets, and Rhodes also emailed senior Sony Music executives about the issue. Earlier this week, Sony finally released its claim to Rho...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:20 am
I see my plants quivering with fear when I enter the garden with gloves on and tools out! Len
No, Len; it's called WIND. :lol:

Suggested reading: "The Day of the Triffids".
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 46
Views: 3670

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

" The Big Lebowski " - definitely one of the all-time greats!! So funny at nearly every single stage. Memorable scenes piled on top of each other. The Maud Lebowski kidnapping was the only mildly amusing part of the film and it was the only serious distraction. The rest was perfect. Quotes upon quot...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 46
Views: 3670

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

I don't think I ever implied that discussion of any kind should not be permissible. It's just a shame when people agree on so much elsewhere on this board, that's all. Character assassination seems part of the overall mix, from where I'm standing. Glad you watched " The Rubin Report "; that woman is...