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by Belle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Our University of Sydney has a terrible reputation for this kind of behaviour and that institution has bred many of our national leaders - political, academic and cultural. The culture of bastardization, so-called 'rape culture' and assault (one woman in a recent survey complained 'they stare at us'...
by Belle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 16
Views: 192

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

God, I'd sure hate to be held to account for my behaviour as a teenager. Scrofulous parties where people took off their clothing, drug-taking and other sordid behaviour was the order of the day, as well as young people having sex all over the place, yelling in the streets in the small hours, vomitin...
by Belle
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling

Love the picture!! Keep enjoying your holiday and don't worry about the trees; they'll still be there.
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 428

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

But whereas Facebook's formal appeals process didn't work for Rhodes, public shaming seems to have done the trick. Rhodes' tweet on the topic got more than 2,000 retweets, and Rhodes also emailed senior Sony Music executives about the issue. Earlier this week, Sony finally released its claim to Rho...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: When attacked, plants defend themselves with nervous system-like signaling

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:20 am
I see my plants quivering with fear when I enter the garden with gloves on and tools out! Len
No, Len; it's called WIND. :lol:

Suggested reading: "The Day of the Triffids".
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 736

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

" The Big Lebowski " - definitely one of the all-time greats!! So funny at nearly every single stage. Memorable scenes piled on top of each other. The Maud Lebowski kidnapping was the only mildly amusing part of the film and it was the only serious distraction. The rest was perfect. Quotes upon quot...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 736

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

I don't think I ever implied that discussion of any kind should not be permissible. It's just a shame when people agree on so much elsewhere on this board, that's all. Character assassination seems part of the overall mix, from where I'm standing. Glad you watched " The Rubin Report "; that woman is...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: "The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"

I learned about enabling early during my formation, when I was roundly and correctly called on the carpet for implying that drug dealing is worse than drug using. To avoid enabling, one cannot always be completely frank in an adult sense. To change the subject slightly, what drives me crazy is lega...
by Belle
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 736

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. Disappointing to be sure, but unsurprising given the whataboutism Trumpistas often resort to when swamped with incontrovertible evidence of Trump's unfitness for office (cf. Bob Woodwards's new book), in the present instance, the tactic being t...
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: 44
Views: 736

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: 130905

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: 390

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: 390

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: 85

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: 390

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: 2
Views: 81

"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: 201

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: 390

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: 390

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: 2261

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: 2261

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: 1000

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: 1141

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: 392

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: 220

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: 392

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: 220

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: 392

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: 220

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: 198

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: 198

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: 220

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: 1141

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: 1141

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: 1141

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: 1141

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: 590

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: 590

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: 269

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: 269

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: 269

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: 2261

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: 1363

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: 1363

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: 1363

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: 130905

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: 1363

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: 1363

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...