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by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

This article about toxic masculinity isn't about American politics and if it were we could discuss Antifa. But I choose not to go down this road. Last time I checked, the Gillette Company, to say nothing of America, was still part of the Western World. Right-wingers, there and elsewhere, conjure up...
by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

It happened that I was in London in 1969, at a hotel with a TV set in the lounge, and watched the longest and most demanding tennis match I've ever seen: Pancho Gonzales v. Charlie Pasarell at Wimbledon in the first round. After losing the first two sets Gonzales, who was 41 (Pasarell was 26), even...
by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Of course not. But for a for-profit business to assume the role of moral counselor is out of order, even if this time we may think it's be right. What if the next time we think it's wrong? Totally agree. Madison Avenue is NOT in a position to lecture and take the moral high ground and it should kee...
by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I disagree strongly with Mr. Furedi. The reality is that the phrase "boys will be boys" used to be used to excuse minor roughhousing and other similar transgressions . . . . The criticism of "toxic masculinity" is not merely political correctness. I agree. Boys'll be boys, eh? Then get a load of th...
by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I disagree strongly with Mr. Furedi. The reality is that the phrase "boys will be boys" used to be used to excuse minor roughhousing and other similar transgressions. (When I was about 12, I was playing baseball with one of my friends and smashed a line drive that went straight into a living room p...
by Belle
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I don't get the point you're making; both sexes are capable of breaking records. In Australia at the moment we have the Australian Open grand slam tennis: the men play 5 gruelling sets (sometimes beyond 5 hours) and the women play 3 (90 mins to 2 hours) for the same prize money!! Sex differences are...
by Belle
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 204910

Re: What I listened to today

Please believe me when I say that not a single day goes by without my giving thanks for the existence of Beethoven - especially in times of illness and family crisis. The ground will never give way beneath me because of this composer, and Bach.
by Belle
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 204910

Re: What I listened to today

It's nearly midnight here and I have on my iPod and headphones Beethoven #9. Anima Eterna/Jos Van Immerseel on period instruments. Lovely, translucent sound and timbre - especially the divine third movement. It's taken me years to come to terms with this symphony because I'm not especially enamored ...
by Belle
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Surely, Gillette will soon air the toxic femininity ads. Honestly? I don't want any kind of ads directed at a particular 'toxic' gender but I'd sure like people to respect sex differences. It's not the job of advertizers!! Like being given lectures on morality by movie stars!! Remember those ads ye...
by Belle
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Re: Toxic Masculinity

This topic is widely discussed in journals, newspapers, on television etc. and it's the subject of controversy now, particularly since half the population is being lectured to by corporations which use culture wars to sell their products. And professional psychological organizations in your country ...
by Belle
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 273

Toxic Masculinity

The recent foolish Gillette advertisement has prompted many comments about 'toxic masculinity' and I think the one I've posted below is a very good one. Naturally, as the mother of 3 men and with a wonderful husband, I find the whole concept of ' toxic masculinity ' deeply troubling, offensive and d...
by Belle
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 207

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

John F wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:30 pm
Now I think of it, the Rachmaninoff 2nd symphony rather reminds me of Sibelius's early symphonies. More volatile than Bruckner, more conventional in form than Mahler.
You make a valid comparison!!
by Belle
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 207

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Tommasini's oft-repeated complaint about the standard repertory is a little tiresome, but I can't fault him for his observation that Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony is a little long-winded. It's one of several pieces in the orchestral repertory that could have used some editing. In the book publishi...
by Belle
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: William Wyler
Replies: 0
Views: 39

William Wyler

Last night's " The Directors " program was about William Wyler. I hadn't realized he started in silent film, working as assistant on quickies produced approximately once a week. There was nothing quite like that kind of apprenticeship to teach the art of cinema!! And Wyler had also worked as an assi...
by Belle
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I'm very envious of your collection!! And it speaks volumes (pardon the pun) about 'the inner life' I'm so fond of discussing.

I've just added to my storage/legacy problems. Today the latest book arrived: "Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir" (Patrick Keating).
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I meant the New Grove, of course. I always wanted to own it when Stanley Sadie was still the editor (?), but I couldn't afford to buy it and had no space at the time.
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 2296

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

I've found the Neujahrskonzert for 2019 on U-Tube. Hurry if you want to watch because it won't be here for long!! Christian Thielemann looks as delectable as ever; a youthful 60 in April this year. Oh, stop it!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szgpKRQohg0
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Here's a problem I've been wrestling with. Back in the 1960s my aunt gave our family a set of World Book Encyclopedias that occupies one shelf of a bookcase. A second shelf is filled with the annual supplements. A third shelf is filled with the annual issues summarizing recent scientific developmen...
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I wonder what our good friends in Australia think about this? Sue ... Barney? I've given this lots of thought (as well as our estate more generally). My library of English literature classics, books on film, culture and politics and especially my music books, scores, piano and Hi-Fi system. Then th...
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Streaming is something I have not taken too - as yet, and probably won't. I guess I'm too old fashioned. I still want the CD (or LP, now rarely), the artwork, notes, etc. Maybe I am missing something, but as interested as I am in historical performing artists and repertoire (and current performing ...
by Belle
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Ode to Joy for streaming: classical platform is music to the ears DAVID SANDERSON The Times Thanks. Do you have a link to the article? TIA. No; it was published in "The Australian" but taken from "The Times" of London. I'm sure it's behind a paywall as is "The Australian". As a subscriber to the la...
by Belle
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 619

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

Wimpy brass? Does that come in a cone or a cup? :lol:
by Belle
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 619

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I feel much the same way, but sometimes it can grate. I was at Harnoncourt's last performance in the Musikverein in May 2015, with Beethoven 5. The brass section was waaaay too loud and destroyed the piece in that section. It was recorded too, that evening, and I didn't learn this till later. Someti...
by Belle
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kurosawa and Movement
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Kurosawa and Movement

In that link I posted about Kurosawa, I just loved it when Sidney Lumet said 'he was the Beethoven of movie directors'.
by Belle
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Thanks to both of you for your input (cough)!! We cannot have 5G connected up here through our landline as our government rolled out at huge taxpayer expense a national broadband service with fibre to the node and we were all told we had to have it. Problems galore with service interruptions and spe...
by Belle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yesterday I contacted my hi fi dealer about a Network Audio Player. He advised the Marantz NA8005. It's all rather confusing, but I need to be able to get the sound down to the other end of the house from this computer - or an App - into my beautiful amplifier and speakers. Then I phoned an online d...
by Belle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Perfection. Thank you for posting it and for your, as ever, erudite contributions.
by Belle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1014

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Shocking, more than anything and completely out of left field. Dreadful news. And he died on my birthday. No more comments about Bach!
by Belle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Schiff and Schubert

I meant 'grace' in the musical sense - the waltzes and the lyrical qualities of Mozart and Schubert in particular and - as you rightly suggest - the sound of the Vienna Philharmonic. And I have read Brendel's comments in his essays (which I have on my bookshelf). My question is 'might Brendel attemp...
by Belle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Josef Hofmann used to teach that the musician should have a poetic idea of the music before he starts to play it, and Schiff has at least two: the clip-clop of fiaker horses in the street, and a gypsy band in a Heuriger. To tell the truth, it doesn't sound that Viennese to me, but I like it. From t...
by Belle
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Schiff and Schubert

I love the Schnabel. It's quite different from the Schiff approach in that Schnabel picks up on the somewhat vertiginous nature of the appoggiaturas and rhythms and also, paradoxically, its implied insouciance. However, there is menacing side, isn't there? I think Schiff's approach seems to avoid th...
by Belle
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Schiff and Schubert

I just found this little excerpt from a masterclass with Schiff and was struck by his imagination and how we formulated a visual and aural image for his student, which makes absolute sense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmeOeLJiuJc What are alternate pathways into the interpretation of Schubert if...
by Belle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 623

Re: top 10 operas

Gretry's opera; I'd never heard of it before but listening to this you can hear its 'style galant' flavour. With the opening chord I thought we were going to hear Haydn but, like Gluck, Gretry's music must have influenced both Mozart and Haydn. Though composed in 1783, this work still uses the harps...
by Belle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

For anybody interested; in Part 2 of "Alcina" from Vienna there's a wonderful new talent - a singer from the Florian Boys' Choir - who sings a very difficult aria at 1:04:80 . The night I was there the audience went into raptures after this performance, where he negotiated the most difficult melisma...
by Belle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kurosawa and Movement
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Kurosawa and Movement

This great director was the subject of a documentary I saw last night and it threw into sharp relief his highly choreographic, stylized cinematic eye and mobile frame. I found this today, which is something of a compendium of Kurosawa's techniques for movement and frame mobility (not necessarily the...
by Belle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A great bookstore saved
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: A great bookstore saved

Browsing through a bookstore is a singularly pleasurable experience. Good news at our end of the globe. Recently I was in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand, where their book retailer (same name) was full to the brim with people sitting and browsing, scanning shelves, talking amongst themselves an...
by Belle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yes, it certainly is strange. The piece is obviously written by somebody who only understands streaming from a popular music perspective. Ergo, the language example "rendition". And iTunes never fitted classical music either; I can remember the nightmare several years ago of loading pieces onto my i...
by Belle
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Classical Music Streaming

Ode to Joy for streaming: classical platform is music to the ears DAVID SANDERSON Issues arising from streaming services have irked the classical audience. The rise of music streaming may have brought Rihanna’s oeuvre within easy reach of millions but spare a thought for those wishing to hear Beeth...
by Belle
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

Very surprised to find Gianni Schicchi in the top 20 operas. But can't think of any baroque opera I would put there. Handel's "Giulio Cesare" is probably the most performed Baroque opera, the one that's put on by real opera companies as distinct from period ensembles. The Met has performed it 33 ti...
by Belle
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I've just found this!! I was at this very production (but not on this night) and didn't know it was on U-Tube; Concentus Musicus/Harnoncourt with Handel's " Rodelinda " - which I absolutely loved. It was the first opera I saw in 2011 at Theater an der Wien and what a glorious production. I recall wh...
by Belle
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 623

Re: top 10 operas

I totally get that people love those big, dramatic romantic operas; they leave me cold, except for Wagner (to whom I'm a late convert). Baroque Opera is a staggeringly beautiful genre and I can't decide which is my favourite, but Guilio Cesare - the quintessential opera seria - would come very close...
by Belle
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I predict Bernstein will fall back out of the top 10 this year - and forever. You may very well be right. But the programming of composers at least doesn't include Mahler and Bruckner and this gives me cause for hope. The opera programming surprised me; I wouldn't go to any of them, except those by...
by Belle
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I see my 'top 6' composers represented in the dominant programming statistics!

https://bachtrack.com/files/96739-EN-Cl ... s-2018.pdf
by Belle
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

This quite lovely piece is typical of the gentle lyricism of much of Schumann. The notes underneath this link are excellent and very poetically describe the character of these Variations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCmMYh6S5XA
by Belle
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: Record biz news

I was at my sister's place in Sydney on Friday and she was showing me her new hi-fi system, which includes a turntable, amplifier, 2 speakers and a digital streaming box (cannot think of another name for it - but it may include a DAC) in one end of the house (and she was listening to a jazz program ...
by Belle
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Op. 109
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: Beethoven Op. 109

The Kuerti is wonderful; there's a closeness and intimacy between the left and right hand in that glorious, final movement that you don't hear so much with others. Spaciousness is what usually informs that separation of the hands, but I think the Kuerti works because I haven't heard it like that bef...
by Belle
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Op. 109
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Beethoven Op. 109

Forgive me; I labour the point about this astonishing work and am about to do it again. The minute - the very minute - I hear a single phrase from this piano sonata I am transported instantly to "the zone". Music-lovers here with understand what I mean by 'the zone'; it's a place where you cannot be...
by Belle
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4594

Re: Speculations

This great musician has some words about Bach, with which I totally agree!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbJI-tP6tNA
by Belle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4594

Re: Speculations

"The precise nature of Bach's religious beliefs" may be moot, but not central to my original premise which was that his genius was facilitated - and flowered - by the existence of Christianity , albeit of a Lutheran variety. Whether or not he was 'devout' - and the extent of that - is peripheral to ...
by Belle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4594

Re: Speculations

I did not claim that Bach was a "rationalist," but rather that he was unlikely, living when and where he did, and religious as he doubtless was, to have had exactly the same attitude toward God and the world as Martin Luther's. Which I believe Barney was suggesting. It would be nice to know what hi...