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by Belle
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

barney wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:19 pm
so what was the question?
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.
by Belle
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 593
Views: 235299

Re: What I listened to today

It's only available on MediciTV. I thought a couple of the people here had that service. It was recorded just a few months ago. He would hit major notes instead of minor and in one passage he seemed to forget altogether and scrambled a phrase together. I just had to stop listening when that happened...
by Belle
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 593
Views: 235299

Re: What I listened to today

I've been watching a Verbier concert from last year; Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 with Andras Schiff conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra from the keyboard. From a pleasant start and some interesting humour in the first movement suddenly there are wrong notes, embarrassing memory lapses!! What t...
by Belle
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Firminus Caron circa 1420 (aka Philippe (le) Caron)
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Firminus Caron circa 1420 (aka Philippe (le) Caron)

This little-known 15th century French composer came to my attention when I was undertaking some research. I've discovered that my erstwhile Musicology lecturer at university is one of the academics who has completed some transcriptions of this composer's work. Firstly, a sample from Firminus Caron: ...
by Belle
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3

Lance wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:52 am
Sue, have you heard his Suite in the Olden Style yet? QUITE the contrast!
Thank you for this; I listened to it yesterday and liked it very much.
by Belle
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

I don't know either the cello sonata or the string trio; have never heard these. The Cello Sonata is a must hear. With his 1st Piano Sonata, Op.39 Etudes Tableaux,Chopin Variations,Symphonic Dances,one of my fav Rachmaninoff's. I don't know the Chopin Variations or the Piano Sonata but I have recor...
by Belle
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

It's all news to me!! Thank you. My main area of interest and expertise is the baroque and the period of Beethoven.
by Belle
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

My husband told me last night that Singapore Airlines is selling two A380s FOR SCRAP!!!🙁
by Belle
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 153

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think either Babayan or his student Trifinov taught or was a student at Curtis. If my memory is correct, Babayan was connected with the New England Conservatory. cliftwood I got confused with Yuja, who was at Curtis; it was the Cleveland School according to Wiki.
by Belle
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 153

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

There's a documentary, too, about Trifonov available through MediciTV and in that program Sergei Babayan talks about "the Triff" and how he has a tendency to look at his hands as he's playing. Babayan was his teacher at Curtis and he tells how Trifonov fanatically tried to change his keyboard watchi...
by Belle
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 153

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

I've never been a Lang Lang fan, but I recognize his formidable keyboard technique. I watched a documentary last night, available only on MediciTV, of his recording with Harnoncourt and VPO in 2014 of Mozart Piano Concert 17 (a favourite) and, I think, 24. Lang Lang adored Harnoncourt and this comes...
by Belle
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

I don't know either the cello sonata or the string trio; have never heard these. In short, Rachmaninov wrote across the genres except, of course, opera and art song. I will check out those two chamber works you mention. That you rate him above Chopin surprises me, but that composer wrote so very lit...
by Belle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Schnittke String Quartet No. 3

I've been listening to this String Quartet this morning. Right away I smiled when I heard the Beethoven reference as the main subject, and there's also a parody of Renaissance terpsichore in that first movement. Love the glissandi and the surface serenity in some of the phrases. So much to explore w...
by Belle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

Apart from those issues, I love the entire Rachmaninov experience. You'll enjoy the 3 Fiorentino links I posted, first 2 short , 5-6 minutes, last 40 minutes. Yes, thanks. I'll chromecast them and watch this afternoon. (Right now my husband is in the TV area with a friend, chewing the fat).
by Belle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

Rach3: Thanks for that! Rachmaninoff's Symphony II was one of the first classical pieces I heard as a child (in the Ormandy/Minneapolis 78 RPM version you mention!), and it has remained a favorite ever since. In fact, it was the piece of music that made me decide at a VERY young age that I wanted t...
by Belle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

I love the A380. Like Belle, I'm an Aussie and travel can be a long affair. I first flew business class on the A380 from Brisbane to Auckland and absolutely loved the bar at the back where you could talk to other travelers. In 2017 I flew BNE/DBX/LHR in business class and once again the opportunity...
by Belle
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

Thanks so much for those links which provided very interesting reading. Yes, the problem of missing baggage is one which has bedevilled both industry and customers since (flying) time immemorial. Fortunately we haven't had that experience ourselves. But on our trip to NZ in 2017 one of our companion...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

It's just incredible how recording technology has changed from those old 78s!! How cumbersome they were and I smile whenever I see the old radios and record players in movies from the 1930s - or watch a 'synchronized' film from the 1920s - now nearly 100 years ago. What a pity, though, that we didn'...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

In a 747, I go for an aisle seat in the middle section. (That should be in the past tense - my traveling days are over.) I feel much the same way, to be honest. We will go to New Zealand but that's about it (my husband has family there). My John is flying to Perth on Wednesday to be with our 40y/o ...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

That travel time is about twice as long as New York/London. Whew! I've never been able to sleep on an airplane but I might manage it on the Sydney(?)/Dubai route. I'm sure the A380 will continue to fly that route for many years, unless the traffic falls off for some reason and they can't fill the p...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

I've flown business class exactly once. Coming back from London, I had a seat in economy class which the airline wanted to use for a handicapped passenger, so I agreed to move up front to one of those pods. I've never flown first class. For me, getting there by plane is just getting there, it's not...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

This was absolutely wonderful!! My husband and I just listened to it, then I put on the symphony itself (LSO/Gennady R), which I haven't actually played in years.
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

The A380 has a very luxurious First Class section (which I haven't used), an extensive Business section and enlarged economy. I've travelled on one when there were 520 people on board. The 747 had only a small Business section and I'm unsure whether it had First - probably yes, at the front downstai...
by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 194

The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

It's very sad to see this great aircraft will not be produced beyond 2021 when the last of its 17 orders are completed, 14 of them for Emirates. Qantas recently cancelled their orders. We have travelled to Europe 3 times on this magnificent aircraft with Emirates; twice in Business and once in Econo...
by Belle
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 367

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

To tell the truth, I'm glad of it, for purely selfish reasons. Moving a large number of well-paid employees into NYC would surely cause rents to rise, not just in Queens, and I need this not to happen. And whatever economic benefit this might bring to the city would probably do me no good. I don't ...
by Belle
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

John F wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:36 pm
some guy has been a CMG member for years and I've had much the same discussion with him several times. You may find it annoying, but let's keep it civil anyway and not get personal.
Experience has taught me to expect the worst in this case!! Everybody else here is superb.
by Belle
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Salonen Cello Concerto

I'd like to be able to hear the Cello Concerto by the talented and absolutely delectable Salonen. Please post it when it becomes available.
by Belle
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

JohnF, I'm 'intemperate' because I've had years of experience elsewhere with 'someguy' and his condescension and bullying tone. Look back on some of his older postings here!! :mrgreen: And 'someguy' could you please apply this principle to yourself!! "... a possible way to ensure you don't get any (...
by Belle
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Still at it, I see. Someguy's first comment on this board after an extended absence; the charming, engaging and empathetic tone that he's exhibited on all the music boards he's written on - about the same subject - over and over. Would suggest something like, "haven't been here for ages and this to...
by Belle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

That was excellent; thanks for posting it.
by Belle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vale Albert Finney
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Vale Albert Finney

Here's a fabulously well written piece from Brendan O'Neill about the death of Albert Finney. O'Neill explores the cultural milieu of Finney which gave rise to his success and this he attribues largely to the grammar school system in the UK which allowed the working class to rise to the top. The aut...
by Belle
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interview with Dr. Camille Paglia
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Interview with Dr. Camille Paglia

This interview was conducted in written Portuguese and and can only be read by activating 'Translate', which is fraught at times but altogether not too bad. Apart from some (ironic, as it happens) gender pronoun confusion and words sticking out at the end of sentences, as though lifeless and on a li...
by Belle
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

More lecturing, hectoring and finger-wagging from someguy!! I thought he'd decided to stay discreetly silent and leave others to formulate their own tastes and opinions. I note the usual offence-taking in his comments which have already become an olympic sport for some people. The critical mass of o...
by Belle
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Thanks; the fires near my son's home were controlled but they still burn further away in Perth suburbs. We haven't had decent rain at our place north of Sydney since May, 2015.

These are my sons wines, though they are not available in the USA. Yet.

https://www.andevinewines.com.au/online-store
by Belle
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 450

(Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

This was just posted on U-Tube in the last days. Priceless:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzodB0Sp6ZI
by Belle
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648179

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71qaSyxjljL._SX522_.jpg Ligeti is not my favorite composer, yet in this recent recital disc (recorded in Berlin 2018), Yuja Wang manages to make music with his thorny intervals. Also on the program were pieces by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin (tenth sonata)...
by Belle
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Museum of Failure
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: The Museum of Failure

I remember, decades ago, one Australian comedian observing that the Sony Betamax was "a $400 clock"!!!
by Belle
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Under the Influence
Replies: 0
Views: 335

Under the Influence

This is a topic which always enthuses; the influence one composer has upon another and how we all recognize those DNA markings in the original works. Just this morning I was listening, as mentioned earlier, to Beethoven Op. 109. It occurred to me that in that magnificent third movement Beethoven mig...
by Belle
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sue, how awful. Terrifying. I just looked up watoday, and it seems the firefighters have stopped the onslaught but have not brought it under control. When I insulted Ben Ean moselle, I did not intend to insult your son, obviously, especially as he wasn't making it. Lindemans have been a major label...
by Belle
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Thank you, maestrob. We are facing at least 3 major family crises here at the moment and they're very hard to take. The last 6 months have been nothing short of horror. Anyway, our Perth son sent a message very late last night to say the fire seemed under control, but we wait; they can flare up agai...
by Belle
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

He did vintages at Coonawarra when he first started in the industry. He sources his grapes from the southern highlands region of NSW and down near the Snowy region - and not the vineyard surrounding the winery. His colder-area grapes are trucked in from a long distance. I'm not a big wine drinker (n...
by Belle
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Fair enough!!
by Belle
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

My eldest son completed two vintages in the California Napa Valley in 2002/3 and said he could easily have lived there. He found the Americans polite, super efficient and able to 'turn around the Queen Mary' very quickly whenever a problem developed. He found our winemaking culture wanting in compar...
by Belle
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

In the first movement it sounds sometimes as though the orchestra is playing catch-up, but this is subtle. It occurs in the first part as soon as the piano goes off on a virtuosic tangent!! Sometimes the orchestral line becomes very unclear and a little confused. It was enough for me to become aware...
by Belle
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Very nice!! His winery equipment looks similar to the gear in your picture - only bigger, and without those lights!. And our vineyards areas are popular spots for tourists, but for me it's far too hot!!
by Belle
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 7896

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

My son is now leasing the original Lindeman's Ben Ean winery (to make his own wines) discussed here in this newspaper article, from the two men who are its new owners. It had previously been owned by a publicly listed company and hadn't been used for some time to make the Lindeman's brand. We helped...
by Belle
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

It's not the tempo markings per se but whether or not the pianist strides ahead of the orchestra. I would have thought these things would be ironed out in rehearsals; in any event, the Horowitz Rach #3 (New York Philharmonic and Rodzinski) is not unlike the conductor of an opera or ballet, with the ...
by Belle
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Horowitz's tempos in the RCA Victor recording are less precipitous than in these live performances of 8-9 years earlier; the timing with Reiner is five minutes longer. Rodzinski prided himself in always being exactly with the soloist in concertos, and he and Horowitz are certainly at one in the Rac...
by Belle
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 2406

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Thanks for this. I'll cut and paste some of the comments and give them to my friend who is doing the Menuhin presentation.
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 2406

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Absolute classics. We probably both cut our teeth on Pete and Dud, along with Not Only But Also, At Last the 1948 Show, Goons etc. Also, though less anarchic but very funny, Flanders and Swan. Did you see Tony Hancock? Yes, indeed. And, no, I didn't ever see Tony Hancock - who died in our country. ...