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by Belle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 35
Views: 438

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

It's disappointing to see these arguments here on CMG. I laughed to myself when I saw the heading of this thread and wondered if anybody here knows that in Beethoven's time "Fortresses" was the term used in Vienna for prostitutes!! :twisted:
by Belle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 129383

Re: What I listened to today

Today I'm listening to my CD "Martha Argerich Live from The Concertgebouw 1978 and 1979". The CD includes the Scherzo #3 in C sharp Minor by Chopin; well, what a hurry she is in playing this piece. Argerich rushes over the poetic parts of the work and her concentration is on technique and bravura; m...
by Belle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 262

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

I bought the Cortot Chopin "Preludes" on the recommendation of Alfred Brendel (in a documentary).
by Belle
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 262

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

"Carnaval" is another favourite by Schumann; there are so many!! I have a recording of this from Arrau and I must say it doesn't enchant - mostly due to the sound quality. So, recourse to the internet is the next best option. 2 recordings to have: Artur Rubinstein's last studio version, 60's , mine...
by Belle
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: With friends like these.....
Replies: 0
Views: 41

With friends like these.....

Appalling. (It raises the issue of the meaning of the word "prestigious".) This article from one of Australia's leading political commentators. I dislike the myth-fuelled rant written about our PM (a man I personally know and who was at my son's wedding 6 months ago). It's the ugly face of hatred, f...
by Belle
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 262

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

"Carnaval" is another favourite by Schumann; there are so many!! I have a recording of this from Arrau and I must say it doesn't enchant - mostly due to the sound quality. So, recourse to the internet is the next best option.
by Belle
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"
Replies: 1
Views: 26

"The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"

This program is absolutely superb; an interview with the Oxford-educated Katharine Birbalsingh. I absolutely could relate to everything she said about the culture of schools, the classroom, etc. It actually drove me out of the profession to early retirement. This woman is amazing!! I did almost ever...
by Belle
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

As my late father used to say, the society's morality runs vertically through all the classes (and professions) rather than horizontally through just one.
by Belle
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 262

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

You may also want to hear the Op.17 Fantasy played by the late Sergio Fiorentino, final mov. slower than usually played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa7LS5A2BhI Fiorentino said Bach and Schumann were his 2 fav composers. Thanks; I'm listening to it right now. I love to read the score while I'm ...
by Belle
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 262

Piano Music of Schumann

This afternoon an absolute treat; the Fantasy in C, Op. 17 by Schumann and Bunte Blätter, both played by Richter. I must say the second movement of the Fantasy is a surprise, with its gentler opening chords than, say, Pollini (whose CD recording I own). Anyway, to the latter work; here is the record...
by Belle
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Program July to November 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2170

Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Thanks for the comments. Our next program on 18/10 (we are having a break) is on the organ music of Mendelssohn and our presenter is our Christchurch Cathedral organist and Master of Choristers. We retain close links with the university conservatorium so this is why we have first class presenters.
by Belle
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Program July to November 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2170

Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Yesterday we had 3 baroque flute players (all female) talking about Quantz and his treatise on baroque flute playing and demonstrating some of these ideas, the issue of HIP, ornamentation and they played two flute sonatas complete - one by Quantz and the other by Boismortier. We were handed music an...
by Belle
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Price
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Florence Price

That picture is stunning, Len!! As with Vienna, how do people in these old cities manage to live life without trees and shrubs? There isn't one in that picture and you often see this in Europe. I couldn't live without greenery. You'd know what I mean. At the moment Spring is here and our hundreds of...
by Belle
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 907

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

It is entirely possible for Jbuck and Belle both to be right: he may be a great theorist and a dense, complicated writer. Academia simply abounds with examples, particularly in the areas I studied of philosophy and theology. Hegel, anyone? Rosen has been on my shelf for decades, but I haven't gone ...
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re: Which streaming service?

This is excellent too and I use it all the time. They're working their way through all the works of Bach:

http://allofbach.com/en/
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

Thanks for that.
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re: Which streaming service?

Spotify is of no use to me because I have an extensive CD collection, most of which I never seem to get around to playing anyway. Unlikely to pay for another service which renders them redundant.
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

Stephen Hough: a very thoughtful player and one of the very best. Yes, I have several of Hough's cd's. Often at his best in smaller forms ,perhaps. His cd's of Mompou and York Bowen are musts for me. Rachmaninoff's own recording of his Rhapsody should be heard, too, despite the sound. I don't know ...
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re: Which streaming service?

Being oh so very conservative, especially where my music and cinema collections are concerned, I have never subscribed to any streaming service, because the mere thought of paying for something as immaterial as a digital recording that I would never be able to hold in my hands turned me off. I have...
by Belle
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

Stephen Hough: a very thoughtful player and one of the very best. I've just read about Hough on Wiki and, though not completely trustworthy, it tells me his father was born in Australia - the same year as my mother and 35 minutes' drive from my house here. He worked for the major steel company where...
by Belle
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An evening of superb piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: An evening of superb piano music

Schumann Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor I love Schumann very dearly and am really enjoying this Sonata #3 this evening, Horowitz recorded the work for RCA in 1976 or 1977 . I heard him play it live in 1975 or 1976 as the entire first half of a recital. Not a work I've ever warmed to, but it has been ye...
by Belle
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An evening of superb piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 158

An evening of superb piano music

Schumann Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor : I love Schumann very dearly and am really enjoying this Sonata #3 this evening, played here by Bernd Glemser whom I well remember from an early Sydney International Piano Competition. This really is a splendid work and I especially love the second movement, Sch...
by Belle
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

I'm watching a performance of Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra/Gergiev/Trifonov in a gala program last night for the opening of the Zaryadye Concert Hall. My god; I've never heard a performance of the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini like this before!!! (Aided and abetted by extra good compute...
by Belle
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 907

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

It is entirely possible for Jbuck and Belle both to be right: he may be a great theorist and a dense, complicated writer. Academia simply abounds with examples, particularly in the areas I studied of philosophy and theology. Hegel, anyone? Rosen has been on my shelf for decades, but I haven't gone ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 907

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

Primarily to Belle: As the only possessor here of two degrees in music theory, I assure you and everybody that there are only a very few great music theoreticians since Renaissance times, and Rosen is one of them. (Others are Fuchs, Schenker, Tovey, believe it or not Leopold Mozart, CPE Bach, and Q...
by Belle
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 907

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

[Brendel] rarely gives specific examples of what he's talking about; he may not have needed to when explaining things to himself, but by publishing he has undertaken to explain things to us, and too often I can't come up with examples off the top of my head of what he's talking about. Obviously, co...
by Belle
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 907

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

In his preface, Brendel says: "In some of my essays and lectures I've tried to clear my own mind, explain things to myself, give myself advice, and provide answers to questions to which I couldn't find satisfying ones in the literature available to me at the time of writing." This modest statement ...
by Belle
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

What do you think of the Dvorak Piano Concerto which Kleiber recorded with Richter? Kleiber absolutely loved Richter and vice versa. Thanks for this link. I have not heard yet, but will.To compare,I'll first listen to my Richter-Kondrashin Dvorak recorded in 1961. Here is what Richter apparently sa...
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

What do you think of the Dvorak Piano Concerto which Kleiber recorded with Richter?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3djC4LV_WA

Kleiber absolutely loved Richter and vice versa.
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

That journey and your airsickness sounded like an absolute horror. Is there anything worse than relentless travel sickness? My husband flew on the Super Constellation in 1953 and can remember the flames coming out of the back of the engines (Wright R-3350) upon landing. He said they were warned abou...
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

Adorable!! We both love trains too - looking at them and riding them. These magnificent giants of the steam era were the workhorses of the developed world. We have a railway festival here every year in April with lots of engines on display and an old style steam engine, restored, in a race with a ti...
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 178

9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

I never grow tired of watching aircraft take-off and land and watching clips from cockpit/cabin interiors during flight. The marvel of flight never ceases to amaze me and I'll never take it for granted. I can't help thinking of the Wright Brothers when I watch these and how cruel life is that they n...
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Program July to November 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2170

Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Today we had an exceptional guest lecturer for our Music Appreciation program for the community. It was entitled "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Story of Symmetry in Music". It was presented by a medical specialist (Dermatology) who also holds a PhD in music, is a composer, violist and plays piano,...
by Belle
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Thank you. I'm not partial to the song, I have to say.
by Belle
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

For some reason I can never see any of the links you post. It's just a large blank section in the box.
by Belle
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

I think this is much the superior (Scottish) song than the cliched (Irish) "Danny Boy" - in this case, sung magnificently by James Dunn as part of a devastating performance in " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". A remarkable film. Ergo, I can't understand why Renee Fleming would bother with "Danny Boy"!! h...
by Belle
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 129383

Re: What I listened to today

Today, Biber's Rosenkranz Sonaten 1-8. Love that scordatura!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq-SrUZUluU
by Belle
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:17 pm
Jordan Petersonism
Won't fly, sorry. If only either of them was more like Dr. Peterson (same wife for 30 plus years; no lies, no affairs) things might be better.
by Belle
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Discretion isn't one of his characteristics. Until and unless one stacks Clinton's lack of discretion up against the raging hormones of the reigning POTUS. You know, the cad who was cordially not invited to a ceremony of national import. In whose presence, any woman (and, who knows, any man too) ru...
by Belle
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Another use for chewing gum is that it increases the production of saliva which then reduces dental plaque - a problem for the elderly. But one would be utterly discreet about it when being broadcast internationally. Discretion isn't one of his characteristics. I thought Clinton looked shocking and ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1168

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

From Australia, he seems a real loss - a man of integrity, who never lost his sense of perspective. I'm sure his years in captivity had much to do with that. One of my heroes growing up was Keith Miller, an Australian cricketer who had been a WWII fighter pilot. Someone once asked him about the pre...
by Belle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Oh, Old King Coal!!! :D You do realize that the antidote to all the political rubbish is, of course, the US Open - which I'm thoroughly enjoying right now!! Belle I agree when trump is on the golf course he doesn't Tweet-if only he could be sent to Australia away from us and play golf for the rest ...
by Belle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Australia is a first world, energy-rich nation with a high standard of living, which exports coal Coal, our president is an expert on that-can we send him your way! Regards, Len :( Oh, Old King Coal!!! :D You do realize that the antidote to all the political rubbish is, of course, the US Open - whi...
by Belle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to...
by Belle
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 129383

Re: What I listened to today

I'll check out online the Shostakovich Quartets you've mentioned. I've just finally connected by new HEOS speaker and M2Tech DAC to my computer! After tearing out what little remaining hair I have (!) I was able to get it running through my Android App. The hi-fi salesman was on the phone to me for ...
by Belle
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 129383

Re: What I listened to today

I'm ashamed to admit I don't know any of the Shostakovich string quartets. What am I missing?
by Belle
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About "Cher," the singer
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: About "Cher," the singer

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:44 pm
Belle wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:05 pm
I loved her in "Moonstruck"
Belle so did we! Regards, Len

"Loretta is deeply moved by her first opera, Puccini's La bohème." :D
It was a gorgeous film! Writing: tick. Acting: tick. Themes: tick.
by Belle
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About "Cher," the singer
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: About "Cher," the singer

I never really liked Cher as a singer, thinking most of the songs banal, but she's a fine actress and I loved her in "Moonstruck" and "Mask". She has a great deal of depth as an actress and I loved the scene in "Moonstruck" where Nicholas Cage says to her "now come with me and get in my bed". The fi...
by Belle
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to...