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by Belle
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

I read on the Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung that Ernst Ottensamer was, in fact, 61 years old. Well, there you are - you can't trust Slipped Disc, aka Norman Lebrecht, to get all the facts right. It is a pretty good site, though, for finding out what's happening in the musical world. Many well known mus...
by Belle
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

The comments appearing on " Slipped Disc " (link posted above) overnight are very moving. I'm dedicating my music appreciation lecture/presentatioin this Thursday ("The Theatre Music of Henry Purcell") to Ernst Ottensamer, in grateful thanks. Ted, I'm glad you're going to program Ernst into your rad...
by Belle
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

The death has just been announced of Ernst Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet from the Vienna Philharmonic. He suffered a heart attack at 62 years old. I'm terribly shocked and his musical family will be devastated, as will the entire Viennese musical world. This incredibly gifted, classy and handsome m...
by Belle
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Classic TV Comedy
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Classic TV Comedy

This is hilarious. "Carol Burnett Show". I think we all need a good laugh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AILDg3n96g

"Father Ted":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmfLS1hWO94
by Belle
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Bach free online
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: More Bach free online

This is absolutely wonderful, thank you! :D Have sent it around to family and friends. Just when tons of Bach is never enough....!!!
by Belle
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

I've just been having my breakfast and watching a bit of "Manon Lescaut", which just happened to be playing on Foxtel Arts. Who should be singing but Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann!!! Ms. Opolais is completely swamped by the orchestra and you can hear the strain in her voice. I've stopped watch...
by Belle
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Yes, when I hear playing like that I wonder not only at the technical proficiency but the musical intelligence that sees the lines so clearly. When Sokolov plays, it seems that it must be this way, but few other performances on YouTube come close Absolutely agree. To achieve that 'line' (which was ...
by Belle
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Absolutely brilliant!! Thanks so much Barney. How did he do it? Staggering virtuosity, wonderful clarity.

I'm sending it off to number 1 son who absolutely loves the baroque keyboard and plays this music in his winery and laboratory during the day.
by Belle
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Perahia is good for me as well. Perahia is, IMHO, a vastly under-appreciated artist in general, yet I find that, no matter the repertoire, he satisfies me with a well-thought-out interpretation. I have his complete set on Sony,and not one disc is a disappointment, whether it's Bach, Mozart, Schuber...
by Belle
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1

In another thread, Trifonov has been appearing. Rach 1 is what he played in Sydney. Did you get to that, Belle? I didn't know that; the work so seldom appears in programming but how wonderful that The Triff played it. His repertoire is HUGE !!! These days I don't go to the Opera House that much; oc...
by Belle
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1

You seldom hear this work or see it in the concert hall these days, but I love it. This is the same version which my mother had on a 33rpm recording when I was a child in the late 1950s and one of the seminal pieces of music she used to introduce me to and teach me about classical music. Op. 1 No. 1...
by Belle
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: "Kreisleriana"

John F wrote:
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:41 pm
I've always found it a difficult work to like. :mrgreen:
Why?
by Belle
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Daniil Trifonov

This is really quite wonderful; Trifonov and Kavakos. I've seen Leonidas Kavakos myself twice in Europe; once at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the other at Concertgebouw Amsterdam - in 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhy2m6x_qeA And absolutely what's not to LOVE about this!!?? https://www.youtube...
by Belle
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Pierre Henry RIP

Notes, melody and rhythm!!! Luxury. :mrgreen:
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

What's going on with Andris Nelsons? He walked out of Bayreuth last year too, apparently after a disagreement with (possibly) Christian Thielemann. This must be because of Kristine? She's somewhat over-rated as a singer, IMO. The power couple thing can be problematic at times. It was the same with t...
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 399

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

"Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," by Weill and Brecht, is a full-length opera, and his other operas (rarely performed) are "Der Protagonist" and "Die Burgschaft." But most of his theatre pieces are musicals, and those written after he moved to America are American musicals of one kind or an...
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Pierre Henry RIP

A charming observation from a person who obviously sees the glass half full rather than half empty! :D Your 'faded Victorian houses' sound very evocative of something from Dickens.
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 399

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

I have recordings of John Mauceri and they're all musicals by Gershwin. Were Weill's musical theatre pieces actually 'opera' themselves (wonderful though they undoubtedly are)?

The only thing I know about Marc Blitzstein is that he was a lover of Leonard Bernstein. 😉
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

He's a very impressive artist and this looks very tempting and worth having!! Thanks for telling about it.
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bleak View of Trump Goes Viral
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Bleak View of Trump Goes Viral

This in our major national daily, " The Australian ", which is behind a paywall - hence the cut and paste. Paul Kelly is a hugely respected Australian journalist and author of several books: I don't hold a position on any of these issues, or on Trump, but merely submit it in the spirit of the discus...
by Belle
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 17
Views: 363

"Kreisleriana"

Listening this afternoon to a number of versions from U-Tube of selected sections of " Kreisleriana " and there are some, er, surprises. This is knotty music and requires panache and elan. Here's the first one: Argerich. Just the opening section....rushed, indistinct, scrambled; can't make any sense...
by Belle
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

The item in "The Economist" says Kissin is the world's most "acclaimed"; it didn't say he was the "best". There's a discernible difference between these two words.
by Belle
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

I can't quite forgive Horowitz for this version of Chopin's Mazurka, Op. 17 No. 4: the base line, where the dance-rhythm is forged, is almost indistinct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmLvpJySb50 About this time he recorded some pieces on a CD, in 1985. One Scarlatti Sonata (number forgotten) soun...
by Belle
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Pierre Henry RIP

The sounds of the human body provided the sonic material for one of his earliest compositions, “Symphony for a Solitary Man” (1950), written in collaboration with Pierre Schaeffer, considered the founder of musique concrète . I must tell my husband next time he plays the flatulent lover with chroni...
by Belle
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

Well, you've forgotten our very own Cardinal George Pell who is, er, playing for time!! That's a skill.
by Belle
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

OK, now I see it - thanks. The title was left off the quoted article. There are other pianists still active today who have been "acclaimed" at least as much, Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich among them. And how does one measure the volume, quantity, or whatever of acclaim, anyway? Kissin is cer...
by Belle
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia

That's terribly moving. Thank you.
by Belle
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia

It seems like the Catholics had a belief system every bit as fervent as that of the Jews. I don't know anything about American indigenous peoples, but I do remember reading about Frederick Douglass and the black experience whilst I was at university and admiring his writing. That was many years ago....
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

Thank you! How did HE do it? I mean Bach. And how did he do it? I mean Richter. These works are not well known to me because I don't have a recording of excellence as the one here played by Richter. I always love the tierce at the ends of these Preludes and Fugues. This is profound, moving, glorious...
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Shakespeare, Shylock and xenophobia

Beautiful writing! And yet the overwhelming message I derived from it was that the difference between Jews and other 'persecuted' minorities is that, (1) Jews never let victimhood stand in their way, and (2) they had their adamantine texts, with their granitic tenets, to sustain them. Take away peop...
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

xFTvjRpaU38 That performance specifically. -G Unfortunately, I couldn't get that U-Tube link to play. Which P&F was it from WTC? Just thinking about that Mazurka I posted; amazing how much of the baroque Chopin has used here; sequences, mordants, grace notes. It's like his Polish dance is a homage ...
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

Thank you, maestrob; I was surprised to find Kathleen Battle in there but, as you said, the conductor found what others normally didn't, or couldn't (in her case!!). That disc of Mazurkas was not known to me and I'll investigate it further. And Beethoven? Absolutely. Always. Apposite.
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

I've just fired off an email to a local friend about the Mazurka and on this very subject; we're both chronic insomniacs. And, John, you get it too!!! What a total pleasure. TOTAL . Even when I visit my doctor - which I did yesterday - we discuss music. He's an intelligent Polish fellow in his late ...
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Glorious pieces of music

It's true that one Mazurka couldn't 'sustain' for very long; I didn't mean for it to do so, but the point I was attempting to make is that there are ''little jolts of pleasure" and these can be absolutely euphoric or ineffable in the experience. This line was in the 1954 film "A Star is Born" when N...
by Belle
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Glorious pieces of music

Tonight I'm retiring early after battling 3 days of illness and I'm listening to this, which I regard as quite wonderful and essential for the nourishment of mind and body. Oh, yes, there IS a god: and what a sublime performance! It's one of those pieces which stands between me and the abyss, and I ...
by Belle
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

They are very safe cars, or they were; I think the rest have caught up now. I was wrong with my dates, thinking about it, as it was 2001 when that happened and not 1994. I remember driving home from work and seeing the ambulances and police in front of my driveway and the highway had come to a stand...
by Belle
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

I'm skeptical about driver-less cars. What will the petrol heads do when there is no revving to be done and burning rubber to be left on the roads? I've had Volvos and not found them to be anything out of the ordinary, except on safety - where they were always excellent. In fact, with one we had in ...
by Belle
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

I think Wang is a wonderful artist, actually. I saw her in Vienna 6 years ago and she was fabulous. Not a real fan of Argerich; her performances are always so terribly rushed. I agree that Wang is a fine pianist. I've heard her in concert a few times. But I wouldn't fly from Sydney to Melbourne to ...
by Belle
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

Sexual/extra-marital affairs are nothing new to conductors...they are strong, powerful personalities, and many women find this attractive... Reiner and Eugene Goosens had extra-marital affairs that cost them positions during their careers - Reiner[Cincinnati], Goosens [Sydney, Australia] Goosens lo...
by Belle
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

It's all in Charles Barber's book. Kleiber had more affairs than I've had hot lunches!! Then I found this on a tribute to Lucia Popp, with whom he had a very serious love affair: "In her daily life she could be as charming and above all she had a sense of humor. The way she described some of her les...
by Belle
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

The story of Toscanini's philandering reminds me of Carlos Kleiber and I'm sure there are very many more, including Leonard Bernstein. It's a lack of respect for their wives that causes them to behave this way. And when the tackle isn't working any longer they go back to their wives!! Keeping the wi...
by Belle
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

I think Wang is a wonderful artist, actually. I saw her in Vienna 6 years ago and she was fabulous. Not a real fan of Argerich; her performances are always so terribly rushed.
by Belle
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gavotte, piano piece
Replies: 9
Views: 221

Re: Gavotte, piano piece

According to the cover on that recording the playing is actually by Shostakovich. I love this piece and I adore the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" by Prokofiev, and prefer it with the Cranko choreography. Sorry, off topic but Cranko's lovers are doomed right from the start and more mature in this 'balcon...
by Belle
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carlos Kleiber: July 3, 1930
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Carlos Kleiber: July 3, 1930

Today I'm commemorating the birth 87 years ago of this great conductor with wall-to-wall Kleiber, starting with the Brahms #4. My husband is recovering from "the lurgy" and I'm going down with it, so music it must definitely be today. Kleiber in particular. It will be Beethoven 5 and 7 after "Hansie...
by Belle
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera

I'm so jealous!! Would love to see ABT in particular. Watching the clip reminded me that high art and its significant infrastructure is the prerogative of affluent societies.
by Belle
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Paul Hindemith

Investigating that Symphony in E Flat, thanks. Look what I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOtR9GcLirI Absolutely wonderful program with Leonard Bernstein. "Mathis der Maler" is indeed a beautiful work and I'm only sorry that programming in concerts halls (Vienna included) is so conservative ...
by Belle
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Paul Hindemith

Started this new thread as we began talking about Hindemith in the Klaus Tennstedt discussion. Thanks, RebLem, for the information about the solo works that this composer wrote for a large number of difference instruments! Years ago I remember hearing his Piano Sonata No. 1 and it reminded me of Ber...
by Belle
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 1805

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Thanks for this!! I've passed it on to my friend who is a trombonist as I'm sure he'll also be interested in the symphony for concert band!! Last week we had at our music appreciation group a fellow who is a conductor/musician (and Major) in the Australian Army Band; I was amazed at the sophisticate...