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by Belle
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 11
Views: 105

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Well, this Haydn Symphony No. 94 with Concentus Musicus/Harnoncourt is simply wonderful!! I wouldn't be without it: Austrian composer, orchestra and (virtually) conductor!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuU4wrZrSe0
by Belle
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

I've mentioned Horowitz. Who today could have a newspaper report written about him like this one? That Horowitz recital in Vienna, 1987 ; you can judge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpyRHi2aIwY I watched this recital and I was struck by his hands lying flat on the keyboard and seldom lifting. He...
by Belle
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 530
Views: 180395

Re: What I listened to today

Today, as I'm preparing a dinner here for 6, I'm listening to the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E and what a magnificent work it is. That whole sound world appeals to me.
by Belle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

John mentioned 'real singers' and not early music specialists: these people are the real deal, as these two superb singers demonstrate here: Jaroussky is a great singer (who also trained as a concert pianist)!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unb-z1KT3_c The sound they deliver is proximate with what...
by Belle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

In re-reading my comments below Tomassini's quote, I began to wonder about why I do not have the fascination of music composed during the Renaissance period (1400-1600) or the Medieval period. I am, therefore, far more attracted to music from the Baroque through the other periods to about 1940 (and...
by Belle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

At a program last year for our community music group one of my friends (who had studied opera singing in Italy) discussed and presented large excerpts from Verdi's "Othello". From what I could tell the composer seemed more sympathetic to Othello than I ever was, as a character. You could say that S...
by Belle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

One of the fellows who lectures for our community music group sings in the Pinchgut Opera. I don't follow their events myself. But the link you provided shows that the baroque is alive and well in Australia. Pinchgut Opera :!: :lol: Pinchgut is the name of the tiny little island right in the middle...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

One of the fellows who lectures for our community music group sings in the Pinchgut Opera. I don't follow their events myself. But the link you provided shows that the baroque is alive and well in Australia.
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

If classical music is dead, then why are so many fine pianists and violinists emerging from the Chinese Empire and Europe and Russia? Not to mention great singers. We're going through a rough patch here in the USA, that's true. However, the rest of the world looks fine to me. My nephew (French horn...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Sorry, I disagree with the use of the term "no-name performers." The exalted status of some performers in an earlier era, such as Heifetz, Rubinstein, or Horowitz, stemmed from the relatively fewer performers performing to a high technical standard as compared with the situation today, the high lev...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Having studied and performed a great deal of both Verdi and Puccini at Juilliard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, I must take a stand for both composers' greatness. Verdi evolved from Nabucco to Rigoletto and then on to Otello and Falstaff (I agree John this is his greatest work.). I truly regret...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

If Carlos Kleiber's taste is your measure of operatic merit, he conducted two Verdi operas, "La Traviata" and "Otello," and one by Puccini, "La Boheme." He chose to make his Metropolitan Opera debut with "La Boheme." After all, if it was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for Kleiber, if...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Not like the ending of "Salome" aye? That wasn't original, or anything. There are great libretti in Strauss and his operas were new and fresh, with their dissonance and long musical lines. Take a look at this and tell me where those 'dirty great amens' are? And Strauss's astringent melody lines are ...
by Belle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Then we truly share many things in common; I, too, books (mostly about music but also socio-cultural-philosophical ones) and films and plays. My husband is the WW2 history buff, though. He was born during the war years in Fiji. His father knew and used Morse Code; how ancient all that sounds now!! M...
by Belle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

For me, it's often difficult trying to discern which piece is by Puccini and which by Verdi (I'm speaking about arias here) That's really surprising, as those composers' styles are as different as can be, at least as different as Debussy and Ravel. :) None of Puccini's famous arias could possibly h...
by Belle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 614

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Reports of the early death of classical music have been seriously exaggerated! :D
by Belle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Belle, Ravel over Verdi or Puccini-you gotta be joking! Len :lol: That's my educated opinion, but it IS only an opinion. I totally get that you love music for the theatre. I am a huge fan of baroque opera (love Handel and Rameau) but, apart from Tristan und Isolde, 19th century opera largely leaves...
by Belle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 538

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

One can fill a list of ten best just from the Common Practice Period (Bach and Handel until the death of Brahms) and still not have room for a couple of them. Then there is the magnificent pre-Baroque and Renaissance. I wouldn't think any serious list could exclude Schutz or Josquin des Prez, just ...
by Belle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Trittico
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Tonight's Trittico

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:36 am
Brian i think they may have gotten divorced but am not sure? Len
Christine Opolais and Andris Nelsons are divorced.
by Belle
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Karl Henning

This is very sad news for Karl and his family. Let's hope he's able to make a recovery and return to what he enjoys doing - making and composing music.

Thoughts from Australia.
by Belle
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

The Democrats (my party) have been in chaos since the 2016 election and have no coherent message except Trump hatred. I half agree with this statement, and she has some other insights. However, I take issue with Paglia's view of the "deep state" or the "bureaucracy." The only reason our country has...
by Belle
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

The Dems have a clear message which I hope to see proven very soon! Corruption, Obstruction of Justice, collusion, lies to the American Republic Len [waiting for the tax returns and the blocked number!] I'm not so familiar with American politics and, of course, my own country interests me more. But...
by Belle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

So, don't read her books just read Wiki. Rather low resolution, don't you think? She has a great many intellectual supporters including all those in the Intellectual Dark Web and beyond. And this in media which has tens of millions of supporters and viewers - many times more than conventional newspa...
by Belle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Camille Paglia's thoughts

This incredible intellectual and brave culture warrior has made some devastatingly accurate calls here in "The Spectator". We in Australia have much the same, huge problems. I wish I could write and think as well as she does! Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’ The author and academic...
by Belle
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3959
Views: 568099

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

I've only recently discovered this gorgeous conductor and here he is showing us around one of my favourite cities in the world, Bergen, Norway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVY9OEXNGvA

The Bergen Philharmonic has its own digital concert hall, available here:

http://www.bergenphillive.no/
by Belle
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 630

Re: Richter

Why didn't he tell us what he really thought?!! :mrgreen:
by Belle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 630

Re: Richter

Richter and Dorliac co-habitated but I got the impression both were homosexual and that this was a domicile agreement at times not dissimilar to the one where he slept under somebody's piano. The comment was made that he was 'unconcerned about luxury'. You'd want to feel like that living in the old ...
by Belle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Toni Morrison
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Toni Morrison

it takes two to tango in this destructive dance. Don and Bob, a pair superannuated & besotted, take to the dance floor in Last Tango in D.C. . During the rare times he's not shuckin' and jivin', the Don gets his jollies buttering unsuspecting Twitter followers UP. Take the rest of the week off!!! :...
by Belle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Toni Morrison
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Toni Morrison

Just finished reading Morrison's second novel, Sula (1973), 174 pp of allusive prose (looking backward to the Bible & Homer, to Hawthorne & Poe, to Joyce, Woolf & Achebe and forward to August Wilson) and one of the most profound explorations of symbiotic friendship I have ever read. It pays tribute...
by Belle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 630

Re: Richter

I'm grateful for that discography as I'll use it to try and get more CDs of Richter's performances. Have been watching the Monsaingeon documentary again. Surprised to find Richter with a lovely sense of humour! Never forgotten, always loved. (Same for Kleiber.)
by Belle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 630

Re: Richter

That discography is a wonderful resource; thank you. Listened to the "Appassionata". The Andante con moto was a revelation!! I love this movement. A prayer. A hymn. Ecstatic. Richter's is a thrilling performance. A high-wire act before the final iteration of the theme of the Andante con moto. The fi...
by Belle
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 630

Richter

I'm sure this pianist has been discussed here twenty times over, but I'm on a Richter bender at the moment. Also emailing a sister and sending her the great man's recordings from the 50s and 60s. His Bach is a personal favourite, even though I detect some slight intonation problems in the strings (o...
by Belle
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg in Hollywood
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Schoenberg in Hollywood

And Schoenberg deeply admired George Gershwin: here he is speaking about the death of Gershwin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J1WixuXYWQ
by Belle
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Store 56th and Bdway
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Bach Store 56th and Bdway

Bach Preludes, Fugues and Condoms. This work remains unfamiliar to me.
by Belle
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

Denk is actually "think" in German, which is an appropriate title for his blog. The book sounds interesting and I particularly liked his discussion of X, Y and Z chords which provided points of movement for Schumann (but I think Beethoven was doing that earlier!). I've already read so much about thi...
by Belle
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's richest person
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Australia's richest person

I know all about it!! My son from Perth, Western Australia, is with us at the moment and he happens to work as a manager for a company which contracts to Mrs. Rinehart's Roy Hill Mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (as well as other resource giants). https://www.royhill.com.au/overview/p...
by Belle
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's richest person
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Australia's richest person

I was at a function this week where Gina Rinehart was a guest; she's Australia's richest person. https://www.afr.com/brand/afr-magazine/gina-rinehart-the-iron-maiden-speaks-20180601-h10u0b I didn't get much of a chance to speak to her because she was surrounded by the usual suspects, but I was taken...
by Belle
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 925

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

Take care about what you read in "The Guardian". Extreme caution and skepticism should be exercised.
by Belle
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2251

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: 2251

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: 12
Views: 925

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: 12
Views: 925

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: 691

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: 968

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: 968

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: 968

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: 691

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: 968

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: 968

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: 968

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. ...