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by Belle
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Herbert Blomstedt; what a distinguished career from this extraordinary 91 year old!! The B Minor Mass is a work I return to, regularly. I wonder what Bach would have thought of the idea of us having access to his masterworks, which we could hear over and over whenever we chose it and not in a church...
by Belle
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Yesterday a wonderful concert in our Christchurch Cathedral, with this work on the program: two very good friends were part of the excellent choir. Bach is difficult for all but the most highly professional ensembles because of the different things the sections are required to do simultaneously. All...
by Belle
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

I don't know any Russians but my physician came from Poland to Australia in 2000 and, predictably, has little which is complimentary to say about Russians!!!
by Belle
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

I've heard a lot of negative comments about Matseuv but I'm unsure how valid they are. Some of them may be political resentments because of his relationship with Vladimir Putin. You hear the same comments about Valery Gergiev!! Just saying.
by Belle
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: For Berg fans

For some inexplicable reason these 'second Viennese school' works always sound better for me in live performances! In my case, I first heard Berg's Piano Sonata in the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2011 with Helene Grimaud (sight-reading!!). And I have an excellent performance on CD with Pollini. The live e...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Ravel

Well, Belle, I hope you don't leave us anytime soon. To paraphrase Churchill when he spoke of Russia, Ravel is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. We know nothing of his personal life, if he even had one. More than a couple of his pieces, which have already been mentioned, are clearly the works of a ma...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Ravel

I couldn't get the last link to play as it said 'not available outside USA'. Here is another A minor Prelude link ( Sokolov ) I hope will play for you : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vozD-hPHIr8 Absolutely divine little gem and Sokolov is such a tremendous artist, isn't he!! There's something pla...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Ravel

Yes, that Ansermet/Crespin recording of Ravel's "Scheherezade" & Berlioz's "Nuits d'ete" is an old favorite; a great interpretation that remains a benchmark for me. I've sung the Berlioz in recital, and there is a line from "Le Spectre de la rose" which will be on my wife's tombstone (if I have any...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: For Berg fans

I heard within the last days Berg's "Seven Early Songs" with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I didn't recognize the name of the soprano (the same one who sang Ravel's "Sheherazade" on the same program) and thought these were wonderful songs. I have a fondness for the work of Alban Berg. His Piano Sonat...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Ravel

Please feel free to add your own choices!! Quite agree about Ravel. Here is the Arbiter Records recording ( I think ) of Madeleine de Valmalete playing “Tombeau “ ca.1930 , a time when the work was still “ new” .The “ Forlane “ and “Fugue” my fav sections .Wonderful reading, IMHO, emphasizing more ...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Ravel

"Le Tombeau" is a greatly loved work by Ravel; I too prefer the piano version. I particularly love the Fugue. I thought the Casadesus was a bit rushed in the Prelude. And then there's this magnificent string quartet which is fundamental to any Ravel enthusiast's collection: https://www.youtube.com/w...
by Belle
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Ravel

I can't seem to get enough of this composer! First, a magnificent recording with Regine Crespin and the Suisse Romande/Ansermet. I adore the Berlioz and the Ravel, especially "Asie". What range and power this singer had. And the Berlioz has unexpected tenderness, beautifully interpreted by Crespin. ...
by Belle
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

I only have one question. Where do people stay when attending the most famous music festival in the world, and in a city that is itself a museum? I've often wondered that myself. And, yes, it is a living museum; the Viennese refer to Salzburg as a 'theme park'!! And Barrie Kosky = Regietheater.
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Trifonov

A really interesting musician. He starts off here in the Rachmaninov #3 with serenity and composure, only to become more 'demonic' during the performance. He loses his way briefly here at circa 42:35. Take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBca3z7bAtE By the end, he's done. How long he can k...
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Just did a search on amazon, and found the set below. It would appear that Angelich has a special relationship with Brahms, and has recorded the 10CD set pictured, along with the Capucon brothers, who, IMHO, are two of the finest string players of their generations. IF you're interested in Brahms a...
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: An organ recital

Thanks very much; I'll listen this morning. It looks good.
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: An organ recital

For some reason all of the links provided by jbuck never appear as anything but a blank screen. A great big hole in the page and nothing for me to see or hear. Unfortunately.
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

I can't believe you don't take Gershwin seriously! Believe it. I want more from music than tunes, and Broadway musicals leave me cold. My answer would be that somebody as estimable as Arnold Schoenberg took George Gershwin very seriously, as did Maurice Ravel!! :D And your answer about wanting 'mor...
by Belle
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1176

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

Levant reminds me of Peter Ustinov; raconteur and wit and not much else besides. I can't believe you don't take Gershwin seriously! He was absolutely incredible. The musicals from the 20s and 30s were funny and clever - one, at least, winning a Pulitzer Prize for drama. And the songs, well it's hard...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

I just looked up Nicholas Angelich on Wiki and discovered these photos!! Be still, my beating heart: https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jacquesthelen.com/user/pages/04.nos-artistes/07.nicholas-angelich/nicholas1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jacquesthelen.com/en/nos-artistes/nicholas-ange...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Thanks, Belle for bringing up some of my favorite piano music. I'll have to try the Stephen Bishop, and here is my current favorite recording of the three cycles: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51BWXdVtVUL._SS500.jpg I haven't heard of this pianist, but I did listen to this follow...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Younger Helene Grimaud's recording is also worth hearing, originally on an Erato cd I have, and perhaps her first solo recording (?).I believe this may be it, unfortunately in 6 separate pieces on YT : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVanJyN2u6U ( Op.118,No.1 ) This link wouldn't play here in Austr...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Absolute perfection; it's an intimate and tender conversation, isn't it.
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

My perennial love for the music of Johannes Brahms knows no limits. Tonight it's the 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118. What a pleasure reading and listening!! http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/2/2f/IMSLP08450-Brahms_-_Op.118_-_Sauer.pdf My favourite recording of the work is an early version by Stephen...
by Belle
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The magnificent heterodoxy of Camille Paglia
Replies: 0
Views: 95

The magnificent heterodoxy of Camille Paglia

This incredibly intelligent, forthright and plain-speaking intellectual shares her wisdom:

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I'm a Patreon subscriber to "Quillette", a fine magazine with some great minds contributing to the discourse.
by Belle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I have to agree, for the most, with Lance's comments about the Bartok piano concertos. I think they are rather eclectic and don't really reveal that composer at his best. The opening movement (Allegretto) of the Third Concerto (easily the best of these works) is quite charming, as is the Adagio (eve...
by Belle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43950

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory. Correct, and I'm furious about the disruption to my buying of books and CDs from Amazon in ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So you really want to immigrate to America?
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: So you really want to immigrate to America?

It's strange to read this! My son (once with his wife) had twice visited the USA in the last 2 years; on both occasions one of them became very ill. The first time, the bride ended up in a NY hospital and the second when my son was traveling with (the now Australian PM) his boss. My son was confined...
by Belle
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Excellent, Rach3!! Just listened to the Feinberg and it is precisely as you define it. Feinberg does not "pretty up " the second mov., but rather continues the darkness. Regardless of my blabbering, glad you enjoyed. FWW,Feinberg's own Piano Sonatas are amazing.I have the 2 BIS cd's. Also on YouTub...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43950

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK! Don't expect to do better with Amazon Australia. I ordered a Jonas Kaufmann two weeks ago and haven't seen any sign of it. It took less time to get them here when I bought them from Amazon USA. In future I might...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I have a performance of this work from Gilels, but I don't think it's the one to which you refer. The second movement - Andante con moto - has as the principal theme essentially a chorale, followed by variations. It's the granitic serenity - if I can put it that way - which is intoxicating. As well ...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Excellent, Rach3!! Just listened to the Feinberg and it is precisely as you define it. I absolutely adore - adore, I say - that second movement of the "Appassionata". My sister recently commented to me "your music has taken you to places few people are lucky enough to go" (and she wasn't speaking ab...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Richter on Richter, and others...

From " The Spectator " - and I completely agree about Pollini's playing!! Remembering one of the best – and bitchiest – pianists who ever lived. Sviatoslav Richter took notes on almost every piece of live and recorded music he heard – but only one pianist is routinely trashed Damian Thompson 3 March...
by Belle
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Today, part of the " All of Bach " project from the Netherlands... St. John Passion . From those astringent opening chords, through to the use of counter-tenor as alto and wonderful period instruments, I just adore this work!! Yesterday I made a fairly decent donation to the " All of Bach " project....
by Belle
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad it went well, Sue, and fingers crossed for "what's next". Don't forget the Schubert quintet for two cellos in your spiritual and physical recuperation. Thanks, Barney. Ah yes, the Schubert!! I have a beautiful recording of it too. That will be on the agenda this morning. There's a pathway, isn...
by Belle
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thank you so much for your thoughts and kindness!! Music means the world to me; more and more as the years pass. Right now I cannot do any demanding reading so I must rely upon my ears. We now have a significant family history of cancer, especially breast cancer. The first thing I thought about - th...
by Belle
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad to know you are back home now Sue. So sorry there may be a "next," however, there may also NOT be a next! We keep rooting for you! Back home from hospital and receiving visitors and flowers. Thanks for the support here on CMG. I won't know much until pathology results on 12th as to what comes ...
by Belle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Back home from hospital and receiving visitors and flowers. Thanks for the support here on CMG. I won't know much until pathology results on 12th as to what comes next, but I've been warned there will be 'next'!!
by Belle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 525
Views: 173927

Re: What I listened to today

The Kleiber studio recording involved many, many recording sessins stretching over years. Amazing that it holds together at all. The Bayreuth Festival performance you're listening to, from a single broadcast, is much better. I've found this poor quality image of Carlos Kleiber in the pit for rehear...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1201

Re: What makes a great actor?

I'm afraid that kind of snobbery is still very much alive and well; worse, in fact. I'll go into bat for the ordinary folks all the time. They may not know about Shakespeare, Bach or Ibsen but they're the first people there when you need a hand and very often generous to a fault. I've got to put mys...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1201

Re: What makes a great actor?

Absolutely the same!! I remember when 16 and 'the nun' was directing a class performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest". I piped up and said, "sister; in real life people don't stand around a room listening to two people's conversation. This group needs to be getting on with business in the sc...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thanks so much for your thoughts.
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

Sue, for February 28th, you present: “Frank Loesser – A Man of Many Talents” (Ian Wheeler); The composer of such musicals as “Where’s Charlie?”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Most Happy Fella”, “How to Succeed in Business” and “Greenwillow”. Today, a look at the musicals of this excellent theatre composer. To...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1201

Re: What makes a great actor?

Points taken! And that's exactly what I did in my teens; read all the plays I could get my hands on including a couple of those you mention. Not a novel reader until university, but I was in amateur theatre and loved plays. Soon finding out I was a lump of Christmas ham on the stage, I ended up in t...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

jbuck919 wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:14 pm
All the best to you. Before you joined, I also had very serious hospitalizations, including more than one operation, where I was virtually saved by the masters. A few here may remember.
Thank you for your thoughts.
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1201

Re: What makes a great actor?

My bad: the first Martin Dysart on Broadway was Anthony Hopkins, not Richard Burton. But IMO Anthony Perkins was great, maybe even unsurpassed, in this role. Perkins appeared on and off Broadway across three decades, 50s thru 70's, starting with the notable Tea and Sympathy in 1954, a play that mad...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1201

Re: What makes a great actor?

I saw that "Salesman" with George C. Scott too. Never has Willy Loman seemed so angry, but it's a legitimate interpretation. For Equus I saw Richard Burton, on Broadway (also in the movie but that wasn't as impressive). I recall a purposively out-of-character George C. Scott during his bows laughin...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

Looks splendid, Belle. Generating interest in classical music is no easy task. Where do you present your lectures and how do you publicize them? I'll be there in spirit, of course. :D We belong to an organization (started in France) called University of the Third Age (U3A) and this operates Austral...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thanks for the good wishes. Bach is the go-to, along with late Beethoven, in times of existential crisis. I'll have the earphones on tomorrow while I'm waiting for my turn in surgery. And it's wonderful when friends rally and provide comfort and support.
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

I've just put our Music Appreciation program together for the first semester in 2019 and we have some interesting topics: we have pretty good academic support and our program is gaining increasing status and recognition in the city. February: 21: “ Lang Lang’s Journey of a Thousand Miles ” (Therese ...