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by Belle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 191
Views: 8565

Re: What I listened to today

I've been enjoying this, chromecast to my TV, with a friend staying for the weekend. I just love it!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3-jlAamGCE
by Belle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears

Thanks so much for posting this. I'm very relieved to be reading it and believe it would not have been possible to say any of this without the courageous work of Professor Jordan Peterson who is fighting a one-man battle against tyranny since the Canadian C16 instantiated speech codes in mid 2016. B...
by Belle
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:57 am
Dear Belle,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of distress. So young to have so many troubles...... :(
Thanks so much for your empathetic comments. My sister became very upset talking about it yesterday.
by Belle
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

Thank you so much for asking. My sister was here for lunch today and her beloved daughter-in-law is in trouble; a scan has revealed another further weakened and stressed artery at the base of the skull and they're now thinking it's some very serious auto-immune disorder. Moving from bad to worse. In...
by Belle
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant

Or a President having his brother as Attorney General? As you said, pure imagination!
by Belle
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant

This affair and its aftermath have both caused controversy. The Deputy PM was spruiking family values in the recent Same Sex marriage national vote and it appears he had abandoned his wife and four daughters! Australians don't like hypocrites, myself included, irrespective of the merits of either ca...
by Belle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

"The first flush of youth" went the way of most flushes - except the hot ones!! It's the only time I might have ever been considered vaguely "hot", by the way!!
by Belle
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chomsky attacks postmodernism
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Chomsky attacks postmodernism

Professor Jordan Peterson has found an unlikely ally!! I just found this on Jordan's Twitter feed. http://www.openculture.com/2018/02/noam-chomsky-explains-whats-wrong-with-postmodern-philosophy-french-intellectuals.html It seems Chomsky doesn't want to be late for an important party!! I note that '...
by Belle
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson talks to Patrick Coffin (yes, you read that right)
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Jordan Peterson talks to Patrick Coffin (yes, you read that right)

Dr. Jordan Peterson talks about his new book but, more importantly, about faith and Christianity and he has a phenomenal interviewer/discussion partner here. Dr. Peterson has a brain the size of a planet and he brings the best out in his interviewer - who doesn't miss much here at all and can throw ...
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

What a classic!! Another Aussie with a great sense of humour. Only one of my four children has taken to serious music and I bought him the book ' Music in the Castle of Heaven " for Christmas. The other day I was talking to my healer and friend (GP). I said it worried me that I had trouble recalling...
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

It looks adorable!! What a wonderful country you have with so many 'personalities' and locales.
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 191
Views: 8565

Re: What I listened to today

david johnson wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:21 am
Bach: St. Matthew Passion/Klemperer/Peter Pears, DFK, etc./Philharmonia/EMI
What's THAT like? Klemperer's tempi were always a bit leaden; that's why I'm asking.
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

That looks beautiful - and very romantic. I wouldn't be worried about Trump if I was on a happy holiday!!
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I make no comment about your President and I don't know what he does or doesn't do. I'm not being "taken in" - what I'm talking about is bias across the entire media spectrum, which exists whether Trump is in office or not. It's a systemic problem. Belle could you give an example of how the NY Time...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I make no comment about your President and I don't know what he does or doesn't do. I'm not being "taken in" - what I'm talking about is bias across the entire media spectrum, which exists whether Trump is in office or not. It's a systemic problem.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3807
Views: 297676

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

I've been listening to the recently-acquired Schumann Symphonies with Hanover Band/Roy Goodman - particularly the " Rhenish ", my favourite. Well; there's a lucidity of texture and you can really hear those instrumental groupings BUT there's a somewhat rigid tempo which makes it rather metronomic an...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

As usual, you make an eloquent argument. I'm in my 7th decade. I just don't agree with you, that's all. And the 'niche' outlets are vast in number. There's an existential threat to mainstream media as we speak and I'm glad of it because they have reneged on their duty through partisanship.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I'm a lot older than you are and have obviously seen it all before. We will have to agree to disagree. I cannot, in all conscience, regard the mainstream media - no matter what masthead - in the idealistic light that you do. Freedom of speech should not be confused with integrity and objective repor...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

Read again what I wrote ... They have their agendas too. Neither should hard news reporting be confused with analysis. The Times does both better than most, if not all news media. That's what I'm saying ; hard news IS confused with commentary/analysis and that's the problem. Instead of participants...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:53 pm
Of course they have their agendas—they are our newspapers.
Read again what I wrote. Analysis and news should not be confused with 'agenda'.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

As I see it, the leading force serving as a check on anti-democratic authoritarianism in my country has been the elite print media: e.g., the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. These publications do not pander or condescend to their readers. In my opinion those publications yo...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 275

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I think news networks/outlets/media are generally not up to much and I wouldn't trust any of them to lie straight in bed. They run the same cookie-cutter approach to political narrative with full bias on display, and the only really interesting place for debate and discussion these days is the inter...
by Belle
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I read that book in 1971 when a much-beloved boyfriend/adonis lent it to me. Last week I was at a funeral in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast (erstwhile abode of Spike Milligan) and I kept thinking of the comedian; he called it 'an above-ground cemetery'. The day the deceased was interred last week ...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3807
Views: 297676

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

Just arrived on my desk, as recommended here on CMG: Schumann 4 Symphonies/the Hanover Band/Roy Goodman.
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Yes Minister" TV series
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: "Yes Minister" TV series

Yes I saw some episodes, but speaking only for myself, but as an American, it is hard to get into that kind of humor (or humour), even though it is fairly well-represented on US TV. Did you ever see "A very British coup?" Now that one I enjoyed. I didn't see that series of which you speak. "Yes Min...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I think the younger generations think we oldies are neanderthals and luddites. They have the technological 'smarts' and seem to be running things; we have the cash and the experience and they're below us with their hands open waiting for us to fall off the perch - and take our bloody boring music wi...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Love the story. What sort of car is it, Belle? I presume it's a hybrid/electric model? I've only driven one once, and it would take a little getting used to. No, it's not a hybrid vehicle but a German diesel SUV with all the very latest sophisticated bells and whistles. Too complicated for its rapi...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Yes Minister" TV series
Replies: 3
Views: 83

"Yes Minister" TV series

I'm wondering whether you in the USA ever got to see this series "Yes Minister" and it's spin-off "Yes, Prime Minister"? In my opinion it is the most clever and satirical television program every produced in the UK and it still has great resonance for modern audiences. Here's just one episode: https...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: kosky interview ny times

It's 97 in sunny Melbourne, and I'm huddled with the dogs in the study with the air con going. I interviewed Kosky for an article that ran last Saturday in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Here's the link, though it's not especially interesting unless you are likely to see his production of The N...
by Belle
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Meet a fellow dinosaur, if you please!! I've only driven our car twice before and I had to go and collect my husband at the railway station today. He said 'just follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 4; easy". I pressed the ignition; nothing. Again. Nothing. Grrr. Oh, OK, foot on the brake first is it? Bingo. Pre...
by Belle
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Loved that humorous anecdote, Len. I'd be afraid to leave my car parked in NYC, to be honest. Talking about parking; my car has an automatic parking function where you take your hands off the wheel and it parks the car beautifully. OK so far, except that whenever you slow down along the road to abou...
by Belle
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 191
Views: 8565

Re: What I listened to today

Stephen Kovacevich playing the glorious " Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel ", Op. 24 by Brahms. That fugue at the end and this pianist's performance of it; numinous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tbCkACbGU Before that the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D , played by Kissin. Tonight those two m...
by Belle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Now it's Copley

As ever, I leave it to the third party to decide for him or herself upon reading this.
by Belle
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Now it's Copley

Really? Has it come to this now? Soon male sexuality will be regulated by the state. They already do this in many muslim countries where women are forced to hide in suffocating desert tarps. Then sexual abuse of young boys becomes the order of business. Be careful what you wish for.
by Belle
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

This particular work has hit the spot, especially the Adagio, since it's creator was in that space between life and death himself in his early 30s. And this performance is better than the one I have on CD by the Emersons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ-vroCJvzo There's nothing like a serious thr...
by Belle
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I've found I just need to run towards music!! And some of those composers mentioned have known tragedy, as we all know. (There could be few more wonderful women in this world than my nephew's wife - a kind, caring devout Christian and also a clever and hardwo...
by Belle
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Music in times of distress

It has to be Bach; B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion . My sister has contacted me to say her daughter-in-law (my nephew's wife) has collapsed from a stroke and is seriously ill in hospital. She's 35 years old. Not enough that she had viral meningitis with her second child, born with serious visio...
by Belle
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Well, I certainly appreciate your telling me about these period versions of Schumann. I'm not sure all are still in the current catalogue, from what I could tell on Amazon yesterday.
by Belle
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

What a remarkable man!! He was obviously well aware of the need for lifelong learning and the pleasure and benefits which derive from it. I'm sure I would have enjoyed talking to your father and chewing the fat about Bitcoin. Yes, the dot.com bubble; I was a bit young when all that hit and didn't ho...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Ah, the 'set and forget' strategy is now very much a thing of the past. Unfortunately. I wondered if this article might interest you, taken from today's "Australian": Bitcoin the ultimate online gambling game JOHN ABERNETHY The Australian January 23, 2018 Today’s interest rate settings and market yi...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Obviously an excellent outcome for him!!! But I suspect there were other forces at play, such as the willingness to take risk. I couldn't get by myself without reading about companies and taking heed of what share market analysts have to say. Some years ago I did a course where I learned to read fin...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Interesting comments, especially those about period instrument performances (which I mostly prefer myself). I'll try and get those Goodman versions from Amazon; thanks for the tip. From what I've read about Schumann (quite a lot) the suggestion was that it was his uncertainty and timidity which caus...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

As I said, I disagree with the comments of the "observers" who are very different to market analysts whose job it is to advise investors based on thorough knowledge of the movement of individual stocks. And anonymous 'observers' is sloppy journalism. Here in Australia these people are usually (almo...
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

This is very interesting! Schumann had problems as a conductor and seems not to have understood orchestras very well; he lacked authority in keeping them together. I wonder if this lack of understanding translated to his composing for an orchestra?
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

As I said, I disagree with the comments of the "observers" who are very different to market analysts whose job it is to advise investors based on thorough knowledge of the movement of individual stocks. And anonymous 'observers' is sloppy journalism. Here in Australia these people are usually (almos...
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Sometimes, if you have an opportunity, you should check out the Mahler Edition of the four Schumann Symphonies. He re-orchestrated them. A good version: Decca 478 0037, 2CDs, with Riccardo Chailly conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Be interesting to hear your comments on his Rhenish! I di...
by Belle
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Our stock market generally, but not always, follows yours. These comments are generalizations and mostly wrong: The most recent gains have been powered in part by a sudden hunger for stocks among certain money managers and individual investors who have long been wary of the nearly nine-year bull mar...
by Belle
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

Rubinstein also said "in most countries when people have the flu they go to the doctor; here they come to my concerts"!!
by Belle
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

I'm preparing for a presentation on Klaus Tennstedt in a few weeks' time and this morning I've been listening to his version of the Schumann 3rd Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic. Well; what to make of this!! It's a big and bold Schumann from a Wagnerian aesthetic - broad in line, slowed down a l...