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by Belle
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: la finta giardiniera
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: la finta giardiniera

Did it have koi in it Len? :lol:
by Belle
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I've watched this today; highly recommended:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6fbAbsVN9Q

I loved "The Cunning Little Vixen" and I especially love the quartet "Intimate Letters".
by Belle
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Thanks so much for this, John. I'll turn my attention to your links shortly and put them through Bluetooth.
by Belle
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Thank you for that recommendation! I think that performance is available on U-Tube. The General Manager of Australian Opera at the time, John Winther, saw his wife Lone Koppel Winther cast in the starring role of Jenufa at the SOH with the late Elizabeth Connell as Kostelnička Buryjovka. That was a ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

It was our Charles Mackerras who rescued the composer from oblivion! The conductor made an intensive study of Janacek's operas and presented them to the world, starting in the 1970s. One of my first gigs in television production was involvement in filming a behind-the-scenes look of "Jenufa" at the ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Music unfamiliar to me

Today at our last community music group presentation for 2017, in which we invited our audience to bring along their favourite pieces of music, I heard for the very first time the piano music of Leoš Janáček and his " In the Mists " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lFekGwREs4 Being totally unfamilia...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

It's proving to be horrendously expensive, Barney!! Almost prohibitively so. And I wonder how much longer it can continue in its present form in Australia as it eats more and more of our GDP. On top of that my husband and I pay $6,000 per year for private insurance and this is set to rise. In Europe...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Your list of piano recitals makes me ashamed I don't make a greater effort these days. I like competitions because of the concentration of so much piano music within a very short space of time. And I enjoy the comments of Gerard Willems! A lovely man completely without ego. But the 85 minute drive ...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I listened closely to the entire concert presented in the link just two comments back. I had it going on Bluetooth as I was preparing for Thursday's music program in our local community and I have to say it was excellent. I already made a comment about the Prokofiev, of which I wasn't particularly e...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

You might call an argument "the law of the jungle" but, quite frankly, the American mainstream media leaves a very great deal to be desired. Belle fortunately there's the NY Times, Washington Post and CNN! Regards, Len :D :D :D Absolutely no comment in the interests of peace and harmony!! :mrgreen:
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I always read "Spiked" and it's excellent editor, Brendan O'Neill, has been to Australia. He has much to say of relevance and interest and is a fearless advocate of free speech and, like me, he eschews the nanny state. I'm not interested in their discussions about 'global warming' so don't read them...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

Again we will totally disagree. I deplore the modern tendency of the deep state and it's advocates to tell the people what's good for them. It's patronizing and dictatorial. Jamie Oliver is just another one of these (and he has a monetary reason for doing so). Most of us raised our children successf...
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

I knew we wouldn't agree, so it's pointless continuing the discussion. Thanks for your comments.
by Belle
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

It's hard to disagree with any of this!! Arrogance on steroids:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/ar ... iver/20475
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

As I said earlier, my comments about Horowitz were based upon his later work and I'm unfamiliar with anything much before the early 1970s. And I understand he had quite a lot of time off the performing stage because of nervousness and other issues. He was certainly a major exponent of the piano; I g...
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Your list of piano recitals makes me ashamed I don't make a greater effort these days. I like competitions because of the concentration of so much piano music within a very short space of time. And I enjoy the comments of Gerard Willems! A lovely man completely without ego. But the 85 minute drive t...
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Thank you, Len. I'll have a watch of your link. It's after midnight here and yet another sleepless night with my wretched back. Meanwhile, the Adonis sleeps soundly in another room!!
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I completely forgot about the piano competition - the Sydney International Piano Competition. I've been to it a few times and there is a small but loyal and enthusiastic group who attend every session (many are music teachers) and I do listen on the radio for the first two stages and the accompanyin...
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

There are more things in music, Belle, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. :) LOL. Yes, I quite agree, but that isn't 'music'. Why not? Music has never been limited to pitched tones; if it were, the only drums in an orchestra would be the timpani. The soundtrack for "Forbidden Planet" is purpose...
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

Among the many innovations in "Forbidden Planet" was a completely electronic score. Because no musicians were used (other than the composers), the musicians' union blocked any musical credits, so the score wasn't eligible for an Oscar; otherwise it might well have won. Why would it have won? It was...
by Belle
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

Among the many innovations in "Forbidden Planet" was a completely electronic score. Because no musicians were used (other than the composers), the musicians' union blocked any musical credits, so the score wasn't eligible for an Oscar; otherwise it might well have won. Why would it have won? It was...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Never heard of Geritol? I definitely remember that item! Regards, Len Geritol, which tasted absolutely awful, is the basis for the famous Vitameatavegiamin episode of I Love Lucy. I could use a dose of it right now as I'm confined to barracks with very painful back problems, sleepless nights and bi...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

"Stentorian yet conversational". Absolutely love it!! :D Of course, Robby was not the first non-human companion in film or television; before that there was Francis, the talking Mule!!! 😉 :mrgreen:
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I also am in complete disagreement with JBuck and Belle on this one. In my view, Horowitz was a musical giant, albeit a bit eccentric at times. His Scarlatti is quite marvelous and I'm fascinated at hearing what you find unsatisfactory with his recording of the Sonatas. Honestly. with all respect, ...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 274

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

It pales into insignificance when compared to Ovid's "Pygmalion and the Statue" from "Metamorphoses", AD 45 if I recall. All about a man who carved the statue of a woman and fell in love with it: possibly the first recorded sex toy for a misogynist!! Pygmalion loathing their lascivious Life, Abhorr’...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Unbelievably, none of the panel recognized Kentucky Colonel Sanders or knew what he did. bfXBhfM8ga0 I thought the Geritol sponsorship was priceless! Does it derive from the world "geri-atric"? And the ' potency ' in the advertising blurb...!! :wink: Colonel Sanders reminds me of that other famous ...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 274

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

You are disagreeing with me, but that's OK. The poems of "Frauenliebe und =Leben" are a sentimental celebration of women's role as a man's lover and wife and as a mother, and it's only still performed because of Schumann's music; the words are an embarrassment to the women who sing them. Most women...
by Belle
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

I always felt Sondheim's real forte was lyrics, not so much the music. And the "Funny Thing..." excerpt demonstrated that. Apart from a modulation here or there I heard nothing exceptional. This song is Sondheim's finest achievement, IMO: the opportunity for the singer to fall off the cliff is very ...
by Belle
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

Cole Porter is also my choice of composer and lyricist!! Except that I think "West Side Story" is the greatest musical ever composed. Here's an interesting documentary about Porter which I may have already posted before, some time ago. A personal view from Howard Goodall: https://www.youtube.com/wat...
by Belle
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

You'll still see plenty of younger people at concerts in Japan and Japanese people at concerts in Europe. Same in China; they've taken western art music in both hands and I feel that's where it will thrive in perpetuity - especially if western Europeans don't regard it as significant anymore. Each t...
by Belle
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

Apart from a couple of songs, I'm not a fan of Stephen Sondheim's musicals; too many words and too much fast babble. It's talk accompanied by music and that's something you either like or you don't. An evening with Gilbert and Sullivan is beyond me for that very reason. The Gershwins did it sometime...
by Belle
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I'm afraid I have to agree with jbuck. I have a recording by Horowitz of "Kreisleriana" which is heavy on pedal and with a lot of banging. Some of the Scarlatti on that same recording is straight out of the sound world of Debussy (in fact, an erstwhile director of our conservatorium said the same th...
by Belle
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

This is a topic dear to my heart!! I'm a huge fan of the MGM Freed Unit. And this, "The Pirate", is one which hardly gets a mention these days and it's by Cole Porter, for heaven's sake: anyway the film was a huge flop and nobody could really explain why. The music isn't always easy, as you'll hear ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 619

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Why were the people "confused"? Your comments don't make this clear. Regarding the solo piano recital; I went to many in Vienna, where they are still in great demand: Andras Schiff, Rudolf Buchbinder, Maurizio Pollini, die Brüder Kutrowatz (OK, that was 2), Daniel Barenboim and I've forgotten who el...
by Belle
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Prodigies

One of the biggest problems I had was teaching kids about satire and irony!! These are two quite abstract ideas which, when not taught from the beginning of high school, are available only to the brightest students after much hard labour. I suspected - and still do - that those who get it will be r...
by Belle
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Prodigies

It isn't just substitute teachers whom students don't believe! I had a class of Year 8 (13 y/o) become very indignant one day when I was giving them a lesson on grammar. This was the top class and I think it was about the verbs for collective nouns (my memory of it is rusty). They became very angry ...
by Belle
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

John F wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:48 am
? Surely not, these things matter. Just because the Globe theatre company cut the speech - maybe they decided the play was too long - doesn't mean that we should.
Sorry John; I was just being flippant!
by Belle
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Prodigies

Somebody did write 'myth' but that post seems to have disappeared and that's why jbuck and myself referred to it! :? I had autistic students when I taught and they didn't 'disturb' me as I could handle them, but it was often difficult getting through to them. One girl in particular in senior English...
by Belle
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

Thanks for the further information. The first folio "Hamlet" omits some famous passages, such as Hamlet's soliloquy "How all occasions do inform against me," so it's not really the standard version in the theatre; that is a combination of the first folio and second quarto texts. 'Twere to consider ...
by Belle
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Prodigies

As the brother of a severely autistic man (now deceased) I would heartily agree with Ricordanza on this. Her social interactions during the interview were very normal. As for the accents, I'd say she is still developing her public persona and is experimenting with options. Nothing "idiote-savante" ...
by Belle
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Noel Coward's Present Laughter
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Noel Coward's Present Laughter

I love Kevin Kline and he trained in classical piano!! He always hits the right note when acting, that's for sure. And he's so very classy. I adored him in this film - and in that sizzling Armani suit!! OH - MY - GOD !! And this song is a masterpiece . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ7ifstcOtQ
by Belle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

I knew him, Barney. A man of infinite jest and fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times!!
by Belle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Prodigies

Last night, 60 Minutes' concluding segment was about Alma Deutscher, the 12-year-old British musical prodigy: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-is-mozart/ Clearly, Alma's gifts as a composer AND violinist AND pianist are extraordinary, and I hope she develops...
by Belle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: What I listened to today

Wonderful!!! Today I listened to more of the Beethoven Sonatas and this time I compared Kovacevich with Brendel in "Les Adieux" and found the latter more to my liking. I hadn't realized before how that last movement ("Return") seems as though it has, at times, the actual rhythm of a team of horses!!...
by Belle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 23
Views: 938

Re: "Paradise Lost"

I know the film well; a drama teacher of mine from a theatre school I attended in 1970, Gillian Owen, was in a minor role as one of Marilyn's friends in that film. Olivier intensely disliked Marilyn Monroe and I think it shows in the film! And Paula Strasberg nearly drove him insane. Marilyn Monroe ...
by Belle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: What I listened to today

A listening session thoroughly well spent, by the sound of it!! This afternoon (wet and miserable) it's been Beethoven and Stephen Kovacevich; Piano Sonata No. 18, Op. 31 No. 3 . The Scherzo of the second movement is lively and energetic and then there's the rest of it!! I've been following with my ...
by Belle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 410

Re: World Series Games 7

I played that exact badminton myself when I was 14 and it was huge fun. You had to lob it over a high net. My girlfriend and I used to ride our bikes there every Saturday afternoon and play with others. That's where I got my first invitation out from a boy; he was also 14 and when he asked me I said...
by Belle
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 410

Re: World Series Games 7

I'm entirely prepared to accept that there are subtleties in baseball that I do not get, and that the more one knows and understands the more one enjoys it. But I feel about it as you apparently do about soccer: life is too short, and there are too many things I actually want to do. I feel like tha...
by Belle
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 23
Views: 938

Re: "Paradise Lost"

A director can get at least a passable performance out of an "actor" who can hardly act at all. Cf. Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot." I mean, all a movie actor has to do is "act" for a few seconds at a time, giving the director what he needs to create a performance that the actor never actually...
by Belle
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 23
Views: 938

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Hey, Belle, I didn't say that. But great film acting, such as it is, is fundamentally different from what I consider real acting, in continuous live performances before a living audience. In movies, with their camera angles and many takes and retakes and editing, in the absence of an audience, the ...