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by Belle
Mon May 21, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I was born in London because my parents were studying at the Royal Academy of Music. When I was nearly 4 I went back to New Zealand with my mother by ship, the Corinthic. For many years after that I cherished a rubber and wire Goofy the dog toy that I apparently won on an under 5-year-old race arou...
by Belle
Mon May 21, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

Very pleased to hear the wonderful Thomas Tallis for the ceremony and, of course, those English hymns. Parry's " I Was Glad " is a stirring favourite but wasn't heard this time. The cellist largely didn't appeal, but it wasn't about me!! Did I or did I not hear " Elizabethan Serenade " at one point...
by Belle
Mon May 21, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

On the contrary, I very much enjoyed learning about your unique experiences; no doubt formative in the very best sense. And it definitely explains a lot about you. (Ah, the Liberté; the very ship from Billy Wilder's film " Sabrina '!!!) My husband went via the less salubrious P & O line where, it ap...
by Belle
Mon May 21, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

Absolutely beautiful. No wonder people take such joy and care with gardening; they're a daily reminder of our humanity and what is really beautiful about nature. Stop worrying about Trump or you'll end up pushing these flowers up instead of caring for them above ground!!! :D
by Belle
Mon May 21, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I didn't know that about " Elizabethan Serenade ", thinking that it was possibly an older piece which had been re-orchestrated or something. I remember it used to start the "Midday Movie" on TV in the 1960s when I was very young. Some of the older members of the congregation for the wedding would ha...
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

Very pleased to hear the wonderful Thomas Tallis for the ceremony and, of course, those English hymns. Parry's " I Was Glad " is a stirring favourite but wasn't heard this time. The cellist largely didn't appeal, but it wasn't about me!! Did I or did I not hear " Elizabethan Serenade " at one point ...
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

I'm sure Trump reads CMG every day!! I'm sure gardening would be a far less stressful pursuit overall! :D
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Barney, ABC FM has shown zero interest in the Florence Austral story. This surprised us in our group, unless they've already done something on her (in which case they might have said that to our researchers).
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

I didn't make the quote you've lifted here; somebody else did. Comparing Dr. Peterson to Trump is preposterous, unless you think the latter has a PhD, is a tenured Professor, a dedicated family man profoundly well read and with a brain the size of a planet - with a solid moral compass to match. Also...
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

Another heterodox online source, which isn't print and which I watch quite frequently for the big ideas: it's gaining a huge following. I also enjoy other sites like it. The internet is so exciting!! My physician and myself watch these and exchange emails about them, from time to time. https://www.y...
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

I didn't say it was "untoward", merely boring and repetitive. It occupies just about every discussion here!! A lot of us don't care about him at all. I'll be honest, my eyes glaze over most of the time.
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

This is an online journal that has no "audience capture " and is an excellent source of heterodoxy for those who want more highbrow discussions. And it has fabulous, informed comments below the main essays. There's a brief clip of Dr. Peterson talking about postmodernism and the thing that stands ou...
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

It sounds absolutely delicious, Lance. And a front line of offense in the battle of the bulge!!!
by Belle
Sun May 20, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

I don't agree Dr. Peterson is "a piece of work", nor do millions and millions of other people. He's throwing light on important issues to do with suppression of freedom of speech and institutional bullying. If you don't like him, that's fine; it's your constitutional right. But the NY Times has not ...
by Belle
Sat May 19, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 25
Views: 259

New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

This article got me riled up, well and truly. The woman who wrote it consistently refers to this credentialed professor as Mr. Peterson. Exactly the same thing happened in a discussion/debate two nights ago in Toronto. Another female columnist of the NYT referred to Dr. Peterson as Mr. Peterson - ca...
by Belle
Sat May 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Fires Levine
Replies: 43
Views: 3729

Re: Met Fires Levine

As somebody suggested earlier in this thread, the problem belongs to management. Absolutely. No amount of gyration and contortion can alter that fact. Management is paid to accept acclaim but also blame. That's what the big bucks are for.
by Belle
Fri May 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I'll check out the Atlantic Grill on the internet when you're all there eating!! Sigh.
by Belle
Fri May 18, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

I heard the program about Eileen Joyce and I'll listen in tomorrow!! It's at 9am here. And I've sent this thread to the two presenters for our group on Florence Austral so they can read any ensuing comments or developments here on CMG. :D Thank god for the internet!!! It's the greatest development a...
by Belle
Fri May 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

The Elphinstone/Hancock book was the main reference material which one of the presenters used for his program two weeks ago. I learned that Florence Austral's ashes are represented by a plaque on a brick wall at the crematorium 10 minutes' drive from my house. A simple plaque: Florence Mary Amadio 1...
by Belle
Fri May 18, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Absolutely admire your thoughtful comments!! Here are some wonderful ideas from Professor Jordan Peterson on this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeUjYzyh5v8 Something else just occurred to me too, John. The 'contemporary' and 'modern' paradigms with regard to music imply " difficult ". Tha...
by Belle
Thu May 17, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

By "audiences" I don't believe Lichter means connoisseurs like most of us here at CMG (pats self on back) but listeners for whom Bartok's quartet no. 3 hurts their ears. Belle, you're reading her book, am I right about this? Also, while maestrob's distinction between "modern" and "contemporary" mus...
by Belle
Thu May 17, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Are we talking about "modern" music, or "contemporary " music? As JohnF says, vague is the operative adjective here. I find it difficult to pursue contemporary music these days, due to a dearth of recordings, but from what I'm hearing, composers today are retreating from the ivory tower and are wri...
by Belle
Wed May 16, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program

That's a very moving story; thank you for sharing it. I also think love of music has to do with temperament as much as exposure. Tonight we watched a game show just before the news: "Millionaire Hot Seat". One of the questions (they get 4 possible answers from which to choose) asked what instrument ...
by Belle
Wed May 16, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program

It certainly looks impressive! Imagine being a school student or young music student and having access to this - one of the world's great orchestras:

https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/lan ... es#gabetta
by Belle
Tue May 15, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I'd love to get there for a meet-up and am trying to arrange it - but also having to incorporate other possibilities so that prevents us having to return - on that loooong plane trip. Sydney to Dallas is a long haul. My sister says the worst she ever experienced was 17 hours 15 mins NON-STOP. Just t...
by Belle
Tue May 15, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's metronome markings
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Schumann's metronome markings

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at this; could do without the insults about Schumann, whether his or anybody else's:

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

It looks like he's just taken that shirt out of a box without washing it!!
by Belle
Tue May 15, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Thanks so much; I'll show my husband. We love trains and alpine countries. Have you ridden the Ghan? Not exactly alpine, and it doesn't get you nearer to a New York City meetup, but it's closer to home. The Ghan episode of Mighty Trains isn't available complete on YouTube for free, but this program...
by Belle
Tue May 15, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Thanks so much; I'll show my husband. We love trains and alpine countries.
by Belle
Mon May 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I meant "Vancouver to Alaska"!! (Senior's moment). Another Mother's Day came and went without a word from 3 out of our 4; what's not to love about being a SKIN??!!! :D The most consistently loyal of our offspring works 16-18 hour days in a high-flying political job and this is the most hectic time o...
by Belle
Mon May 14, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 497

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

John B-a great idea-we'll be in nyc Wed May 30 and Thurs May 31-can only do lunch May 31 because we have an opera that evening--May 30the could be lunch or dinner! Looking forward to it. Regards, Len We Aussies miss out; again. Wish I could be there. My husband wants to do one of those cruises from...
by Belle
Sun May 13, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Musical claims to fame

Probably not, but I knew and this made it all the more annoying. You'd recognize the GMs name so I've kept it out of here; as with the other anecdotes these are/were well-known musical identities. My director is still alive and well, to my knowledge, and living in Sydney. My husband saw him a few ye...
by Belle
Sun May 13, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 25
Views: 462

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I remember Brigitte Fassbaender saying of Carlos Kleiber ("Traces to Nowhere").."Carlos Kleiber was a dictator through and through, but very human with it". A strong personality is a pre-requisite for a successful conductor...you have to have it if you're going to get in front of 80 Heifetz/virtuos...
by Belle
Sun May 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 25
Views: 462

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I remember Brigitte Fassbaender saying of Carlos Kleiber ("Traces to Nowhere").."Carlos Kleiber was a dictator through and through, but very human with it".
by Belle
Sun May 13, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Musical claims to fame

I'm going to tell 3 funny anecdotes about music from my years in ABC television just after the Sydney Opera House was opened. Firstly, we were making a documentary about an opera production which was directed by John Bell (an actor and drama director). John Pritchard was out from the UK to conduct -...
by Belle
Sat May 12, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 25
Views: 462

Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I prefer "dictators" or "tyrants"!!! :roll:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/opin ... llies.html
by Belle
Sat May 12, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

I'll say it again; YOU PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!!
by Belle
Sat May 12, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 379
Views: 40898

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Schubert Piano Sonata A minor D784, from Wilhelm Kempff. I absolutely ADORE this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfi-KO2KM The recitativo passages at the opening of the Andante; perfect heaven. Kempff is my go-to pianist for Schubert, along with the young Alfred Brendel i...
by Belle
Fri May 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 379
Views: 40898

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Schubert Piano Sonata A minor D784, from Wilhelm Kempff. I absolutely ADORE this work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfi-KO2KM

The recitativo passages at the opening of the Andante; perfect heaven.
by Belle
Fri May 11, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

What wonderful work Hilary Oliver has done in bringing back the memory of Florence Austral! I will be presenting a radio broadcast in Austral's memory sometime in the near future and would like to use some of the information provided by Ms. Oliver. Please compliment her for me, and determine if she...
by Belle
Fri May 11, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Here's the second and last instalment of the National Library of Australia bio of Florence Austral that my friend wrote: https://www.nla.gov.au/blogs/behind-the-scenes/2018/05/11/florence-austral-part-2 It appears she was experiencing the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis from as early as 1930. Also me...
by Belle
Fri May 11, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

barney wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 9:51 pm
I have long loved these concertos - everything after 9, his first really great piano concerto. Perahia and Uchida are both well worth hearing in all three.
I love the 9, 17 and 20. The rest I can do without.
by Belle
Fri May 11, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Musical claims to fame

I think most have certainly learned to play them!!
by Belle
Thu May 10, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Musical claims to fame

Many thanks for all the delightful replies. This has turned into a fine thread: I mentioned, of course, what wonderful gems I produce! (If there's an emoji for blushing, imagine it here.) JohnF, I too am a fan of Irmgaard Seefried. Did you know that Australian Eloquence (a local budget label by Uni...
by Belle
Thu May 10, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Intellectual Dark Web
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: The Intellectual Dark Web

I don't care at all about Trump or what he says. I'm interested in ideas about culture, politics, philosophy, values, freedoms etc. These are the things the IDW's talk about. So it isn't just those things listed on Wiki; I don't know who wrote that but I can guarantee it wasn't one of the IDWers. Th...
by Belle
Wed May 09, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Intellectual Dark Web
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: The Intellectual Dark Web

That and other things. Take care with Wiki; people put those entries in - and we don't know who they are - and they choose the label and description themselves. This is often very inaccurate. It has really little to do with party politics (except insofar as some parties might adopt these) and the co...
by Belle
Wed May 09, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another piano Wunderkind
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Another piano Wunderkind

This time a Russian competition, held just a few days ago. This 10y/o girl is the winner and here is excerpt of her performance of Mendelssohn Concerto #1, conducted by Sladkovsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHYX_U--b2Y Such poise and maturity for a child!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIepg...
by Belle
Tue May 08, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Intellectual Dark Web
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: The Intellectual Dark Web

I'm the only person in my age group that I am aware of who engages with the Intellectual Dark Web. Belle it seems to me Trump's people are accusing the Mueller investigation of being part of that-they sure have that wrong. Regards, Len :( Hi Len; I'm not interested in American politics as to partie...
by Belle
Tue May 08, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture. Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand. I can see where you...
by Belle
Tue May 08, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Intellectual Dark Web
Replies: 7
Views: 270

The Intellectual Dark Web

I've been following these people for quite a while now and thriving on the discussions and it's genuinely exciting to hear these conversations between sometimes quite disparate people; always civil and respectful. As I've said before, the internet is leaving the MSM for dead these days and it will c...
by Belle
Tue May 08, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Musical claims to fame

Can't beat the story of the baby in the Prater, Vienna!! But mine is an oldie I've told before. Stephen Bishop (before the Kovacevich add-on and switch) was out on tour in Sydney with the ABC in 1972. He was practicing in the basement of our building in King's Cross. Werner Baer (a corpulent Viennes...