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by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

I just looked up Nicholas Angelich on Wiki and discovered these photos!! Be still, my beating heart: https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jacquesthelen.com/user/pages/04.nos-artistes/07.nicholas-angelich/nicholas1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jacquesthelen.com/en/nos-artistes/nicholas-ange...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Thanks, Belle for bringing up some of my favorite piano music. I'll have to try the Stephen Bishop, and here is my current favorite recording of the three cycles: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51BWXdVtVUL._SS500.jpg I haven't heard of this pianist, but I did listen to this follow...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Younger Helene Grimaud's recording is also worth hearing, originally on an Erato cd I have, and perhaps her first solo recording (?).I believe this may be it, unfortunately in 6 separate pieces on YT : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVanJyN2u6U ( Op.118,No.1 ) This link wouldn't play here in Austr...
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Absolute perfection; it's an intimate and tender conversation, isn't it.
by Belle
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

My perennial love for the music of Johannes Brahms knows no limits. Tonight it's the 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118. What a pleasure reading and listening!! http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/2/2f/IMSLP08450-Brahms_-_Op.118_-_Sauer.pdf My favourite recording of the work is an early version by Stephen...
by Belle
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The magnificent heterodoxy of Camille Paglia
Replies: 0
Views: 21

The magnificent heterodoxy of Camille Paglia

This incredibly intelligent, forthright and plain-speaking intellectual shares her wisdom:

https://quillette.com/2018/11/10/camill ... der-world/

I'm a Patreon subscriber to "Quillette", a fine magazine with some great minds contributing to the discourse.
by Belle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 330

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I have to agree, for the most, with Lance's comments about the Bartok piano concertos. I think they are rather eclectic and don't really reveal that composer at his best. The opening movement (Allegretto) of the Third Concerto (easily the best of these works) is quite charming, as is the Adagio (eve...
by Belle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43494

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory. Correct, and I'm furious about the disruption to my buying of books and CDs from Amazon in ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So you really want to immigrate to America?
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: So you really want to immigrate to America?

It's strange to read this! My son (once with his wife) had twice visited the USA in the last 2 years; on both occasions one of them became very ill. The first time, the bride ended up in a NY hospital and the second when my son was traveling with (the now Australian PM) his boss. My son was confined...
by Belle
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 330

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Excellent, Rach3!! Just listened to the Feinberg and it is precisely as you define it. Feinberg does not "pretty up " the second mov., but rather continues the darkness. Regardless of my blabbering, glad you enjoyed. FWW,Feinberg's own Piano Sonatas are amazing.I have the 2 BIS cd's. Also on YouTub...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43494

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK! Don't expect to do better with Amazon Australia. I ordered a Jonas Kaufmann two weeks ago and haven't seen any sign of it. It took less time to get them here when I bought them from Amazon USA. In future I might...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 330

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I have a performance of this work from Gilels, but I don't think it's the one to which you refer. The second movement - Andante con moto - has as the principal theme essentially a chorale, followed by variations. It's the granitic serenity - if I can put it that way - which is intoxicating. As well ...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 330

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Excellent, Rach3!! Just listened to the Feinberg and it is precisely as you define it. I absolutely adore - adore, I say - that second movement of the "Appassionata". My sister recently commented to me "your music has taken you to places few people are lucky enough to go" (and she wasn't speaking ab...
by Belle
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 330

Richter on Richter, and others...

From " The Spectator " - and I completely agree about Pollini's playing!! Remembering one of the best – and bitchiest – pianists who ever lived. Sviatoslav Richter took notes on almost every piece of live and recorded music he heard – but only one pianist is routinely trashed Damian Thompson 3 March...
by Belle
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Today, part of the " All of Bach " project from the Netherlands... St. John Passion . From those astringent opening chords, through to the use of counter-tenor as alto and wonderful period instruments, I just adore this work!! Yesterday I made a fairly decent donation to the " All of Bach " project....
by Belle
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad it went well, Sue, and fingers crossed for "what's next". Don't forget the Schubert quintet for two cellos in your spiritual and physical recuperation. Thanks, Barney. Ah yes, the Schubert!! I have a beautiful recording of it too. That will be on the agenda this morning. There's a pathway, isn...
by Belle
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thank you so much for your thoughts and kindness!! Music means the world to me; more and more as the years pass. Right now I cannot do any demanding reading so I must rely upon my ears. We now have a significant family history of cancer, especially breast cancer. The first thing I thought about - th...
by Belle
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad to know you are back home now Sue. So sorry there may be a "next," however, there may also NOT be a next! We keep rooting for you! Back home from hospital and receiving visitors and flowers. Thanks for the support here on CMG. I won't know much until pathology results on 12th as to what comes ...
by Belle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Back home from hospital and receiving visitors and flowers. Thanks for the support here on CMG. I won't know much until pathology results on 12th as to what comes next, but I've been warned there will be 'next'!!
by Belle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 524
Views: 172355

Re: What I listened to today

The Kleiber studio recording involved many, many recording sessins stretching over years. Amazing that it holds together at all. The Bayreuth Festival performance you're listening to, from a single broadcast, is much better. I've found this poor quality image of Carlos Kleiber in the pit for rehear...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

I'm afraid that kind of snobbery is still very much alive and well; worse, in fact. I'll go into bat for the ordinary folks all the time. They may not know about Shakespeare, Bach or Ibsen but they're the first people there when you need a hand and very often generous to a fault. I've got to put mys...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

Absolutely the same!! I remember when 16 and 'the nun' was directing a class performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest". I piped up and said, "sister; in real life people don't stand around a room listening to two people's conversation. This group needs to be getting on with business in the sc...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thanks so much for your thoughts.
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

Sue, for February 28th, you present: “Frank Loesser – A Man of Many Talents” (Ian Wheeler); The composer of such musicals as “Where’s Charlie?”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Most Happy Fella”, “How to Succeed in Business” and “Greenwillow”. Today, a look at the musicals of this excellent theatre composer. To...
by Belle
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

Points taken! And that's exactly what I did in my teens; read all the plays I could get my hands on including a couple of those you mention. Not a novel reader until university, but I was in amateur theatre and loved plays. Soon finding out I was a lump of Christmas ham on the stage, I ended up in t...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

jbuck919 wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:14 pm
All the best to you. Before you joined, I also had very serious hospitalizations, including more than one operation, where I was virtually saved by the masters. A few here may remember.
Thank you for your thoughts.
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

My bad: the first Martin Dysart on Broadway was Anthony Hopkins, not Richard Burton. But IMO Anthony Perkins was great, maybe even unsurpassed, in this role. Perkins appeared on and off Broadway across three decades, 50s thru 70's, starting with the notable Tea and Sympathy in 1954, a play that mad...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

I saw that "Salesman" with George C. Scott too. Never has Willy Loman seemed so angry, but it's a legitimate interpretation. For Equus I saw Richard Burton, on Broadway (also in the movie but that wasn't as impressive). I recall a purposively out-of-character George C. Scott during his bows laughin...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

Looks splendid, Belle. Generating interest in classical music is no easy task. Where do you present your lectures and how do you publicize them? I'll be there in spirit, of course. :D We belong to an organization (started in France) called University of the Third Age (U3A) and this operates Austral...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thanks for the good wishes. Bach is the go-to, along with late Beethoven, in times of existential crisis. I'll have the earphones on tomorrow while I'm waiting for my turn in surgery. And it's wonderful when friends rally and provide comfort and support.
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

I've just put our Music Appreciation program together for the first semester in 2019 and we have some interesting topics: we have pretty good academic support and our program is gaining increasing status and recognition in the city. February: 21: “ Lang Lang’s Journey of a Thousand Miles ” (Therese ...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

I hope that all goes well and that you have a smooth recovery. HM Thanks very much! :D Now, back to Bach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o5r5G1ScEc And this a little earlier on; how I love that thrilling final movement. Richter from the 1950s was the recording I was using, not this one: https://w...
by Belle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Today I'm listening to this and other music by Bach as I prepare for very serious surgery on Tuesday. I'm giving thanks: the miraculous triumvirate of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnA8VaFzD8
by Belle
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungarian State Opera House
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Hungarian State Opera House

and would fear for his physical safety if he were to return. Wow that's pretty awful. Regards, Len :( ""I have been threatened that if I return to Hungary, they will cut off both of my hands. I don't want to risk physical and mental assault." Those "they" are nameless people on the internet, he say...
by Belle
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch

Manfred Honeck has done wonders for Pittsburg's orchestra, AND he makes recordings, some very exciting. His Mahler is surprisingly good, while the R. Strauss disc pictured below deserves a Record of the Year award from somebody: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ttDLIdCWL._SS500.jp...
by Belle
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The myth of "dumbing down"
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: The myth of "dumbing down"

Thanks for sharing this; quite insightful. I'm thinking about 'dumbing down' of the Christian narrative to the illiterate populations for centuries and how we got sublime religious art as a consequence. So, not all bad news for 'dumbing down'!! And, of course, the great composers did not 'dumb down'...
by Belle
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Goodbye, Sears Roebuck
Replies: 2
Views: 341

Re: Goodbye, Sears Roebuck

The day of the large retail store is done. Internet shopping has changed the landscape and retail (well, certainly in Australia) is always the canary in the coalmine when it comes to household economic health/disposable income. We have two large store chains here; one was 'floated' and owned by priv...
by Belle
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

jserraglio wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:14 pm
Sibelius Is one of the great symphonic composers of the past century. Either one of Akeo Watababe's cycles, 1962 Epic, which I own, or 1981 Denon.
Agree.
by Belle
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: What makes a great actor?

Interesting. Olivier 'a ham' on film; absolutely. Same with Richard Burton, who was just embarrassing sometimes. Wooden and one-dimensional. You were very fortunate, John, to see those British greats on the stage. Their acting skills seldom transferred well to the cinema, although I thought Olivier ...
by Belle
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 524
Views: 172355

Re: What I listened to today

Today, the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 played by this magnificent pianist, Leon Fleisher. I find I just NEED music of this complexity and originality more and more with each passing day!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdCf2dSTvMo
by Belle
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

I like the brooding quality of Sibelius, though "Finlandia" isn't a favourite. There's a haunting quality to the music of this composer, IMO.
by Belle
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

maestrob wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:51 am
she wears standout clothing for the purpose of inciting comment. Yet when comment comes, she gets offended? Hypocritical, to say the least.

'Nuff said.
(Placing finger on temple): Where have I heard that before?
by Belle
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staring down the culture wars
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Staring down the culture wars

Ergo, you don't want 'regietheater'!!
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

I interviewed Yuja a few years ago for The Age. I mentioned the clothes and a couple of quotations, which she did not like. Her agent asked the Sydney Morning Herald not to run the article as well (most of my articles run in both papers if the artist is appearing in both cities). Thus the Andras Sc...
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staring down the culture wars
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Staring down the culture wars

Don't worry Belle. When the revolution comes and I seize power, the tumbrils will be going dayand night, loaded with P.C.ers and the like.... Just look at what poor Geoffrey Rush is going through at the moment, a career destroyed over little more than a joke. I for one refuse to bow to this rubbish...
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staring down the culture wars
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Staring down the culture wars

Two of my sons are at the butt end of this radicalization and anti-male crusade; both are separated and punished by the courts for having the temerity to be male - not being allowed to see their children, subjected to apprehended violence orders (when I think how one son's two boys are both gentle ...
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

She has a simply staggering virtuosity, just like Trifonov. Now, for me personally, she needs to pull back a little and think more sensitively about the music. But I'm sure others will disagree.
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staring down the culture wars
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Staring down the culture wars

Frankly I'm much more frightened by the authoritarian and repressive radicalization taking place in universities and spreading through the institutions as described in that interview with the brave academic. We know where all this leads from the horrors of the 20th century - and it killed far, far m...
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

I listened to the Brahms Variations, then I stopped. A mixed response. She was too furious in the faster variations, though I did hear an interaction between base and treble lines; you could hear the inner parts much of the time. But her rush meant that it became a bit one-dimensional for me; I coul...
by Belle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A World War II exploit
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Re: A World War II exploit

I read about this in our "Australian" yesterday. What a marvellous man and what a ripe old age to live. A remarkable story of courage and defiance in the face of terrible threats. That last, gripping scene in "The Heroes of Telemark" where the ferry is sunk just after the women and children are take...