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by Belle
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 4
Views: 100

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: 9
Views: 93

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: 9
Views: 93

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: 9
Views: 93

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: 4
Views: 100

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: 9
Views: 93

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: 9
Views: 93

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: 20
Views: 205

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: 1844

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: 337

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: 1844

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: 1844

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: 285

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: 81

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: 78

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: 1844

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 285

(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: 3999
Views: 638743

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: 143

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: 220

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 1196

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 1196

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 86
Views: 5495

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: 1196

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: 1196

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: 1495

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: 1495

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. ...
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 86
Views: 5495

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

We're geared up for another snowstorm w/ice coming to New York. It's supposed to be 5 degrees tonight. We don't usually get such extreme temperatures here, because Manhattan is an island, surrounded by water which mollifies the effects of extreme air masses. I can only imagine how things will be up...
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Google gives money to Wikipedia

Let's just say the tendency of Google to de-platform anyone who doesn't conform to their ideology and an unwillingness to pay tax in Australia has been the catalyst for my cynicism. Exploiting tax shelters is not illegal and frankly I don't see it as immoral. It's a standard business practice whose...
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Google gives money to Wikipedia

By cynicism I mean "an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest" (my emphasis), even when they do good deeds that harm no one. I believe credit should be given where it is due. Let's just say the tendency of Google to de-platform anyone who doesn't conform to their i...
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

It's a joke, John. It bears no resemblance to fact whatsoever, and no such claim was ever made. The funny thing, the point of the joke, is the enormous sacrifice made by the marchers thinking he is a singer. There is this build up of commitment, and the denouement is they have missed the point. Obv...
by Belle
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Music" Festivals
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: "Music" Festivals

The quote in bold type seems to talk about concerts, rather than festivals. Of course there would be concerts at festivals, nut the atmospheres are not the same, as far as I can tell. No; it was specifically aimed at pop music festivals where drug overdoses are common. The writer was suggesting thi...
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Google gives money to Wikipedia

I don't think cynicism has anything to do with it; this is the new reality.

https://www.wired.com/story/is-big-tech ... nsiteshare
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Seder-Masochism (2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 469

Seder-Masochism (2018)

This animated film is available freely online and has been recommended by the excellent Dr. Jordan Peterson. It's quite beautiful in parts and the work of Nina Paley; it recounts events from the Book of Exodus: the opening music is wonderful!! And the film uses modern culture to develop the narrativ...
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Music" Festivals
Replies: 2
Views: 301

"Music" Festivals

Over the last weeks here we have seen the carnage of drug abuse at our young people's 'music' festivals (rock). There has been much publicity about the deaths, hospital cases, the danger of these drugs, whether or not there should be pill testing and the cost of all that to the public health system....
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3999
Views: 638743

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

I never would think to purchase something like this; thanks for your posting and sensitive words about the performances.
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

Absolutely charming music; thank you for posting this.
by Belle
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 86
Views: 5495

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

Decades ago, when I worked for our national broadcaster (in television), I noticed many Canadians at our workplace. When I asked why so many of them had moved to Australia to live their reply was standard, "It's just far too cold in Canada; we're tired of it".
by Belle
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I saw Menuhin perform twice, both times in 1961 in Vienna: a recital with his sister Hephzibah Menuhin at the piano, and the Bartok concerto with Ferenc Fricsay and the Berlin Radio Symphony. His tone and technique were nothing special, and the recital, including sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy, w...
by Belle
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Yehudi Menuhin

A friend is presenting a program on Menuhin for our music group in the next couple of months. He emailed me today for an assessment of the technical and artistic achievements of Menuhin for his presentation as he regards me as somebody in the know. I know nothing of this musician and have told him I...
by Belle
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 86
Views: 5495

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

Dante's inferno in the Dandenongs!! You'd have to live through it to know how utterly terrifying it is. I spoke to a survivor of those 2009 Victoria bushfires you speak of; she was on our trip around NZ at Christmas. Said her husband had suffered a stroke and there were just the two of them left in ...
by Belle
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Chopin biography
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: A new Chopin biography

Walker; yet another fabulous Canadian academic!! His Liszt trilogy is excellent (I've only read parts of it but my husband says it really brings Liszt to life) and I would expect this to be the same for Chopin. What Page says about Walker's Liszt is absolutely correct. I wouldn't refer to Beethoven ...
by Belle
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild's age 78 recording of " Hammerklavier"
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Re: Earl Wild's age 78 recording of " Hammerklavier"

It's certainly an intelligent and thoughtful reading of that movement from the "Hammerklavier". This sonata is a staple really and that movement is so very special; a private conversation between Beethoven, the musician and the listener. I just couldn't be without it and we can superimpose our own n...