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by Belle
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Penderecki

Thanks for this; I'm completely unfamiliar with Penderecki's music and will listen to your link tomorrow.
by Belle
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Penderecki

Today I saw my physician friend and we discussed music (amongst other things). He asked if I knew Penderecki's music because they were once neighbours in Warsaw and walked their dogs together. He told me he disliked the music, thinking it was for those who composed like that themselves or musical sn...
by Belle
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 6355

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

This wonderful sonata has been my companion this evening, but played by Kovacevich. This one by Richard Goode is also excellent: the last bars of the final movement always bring me to my knees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxFZg5g4DTE I've been reading Swafford's tome on Beethoven ("Anguish and T...
by Belle
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Our basic minimum wage here in Australia is $719.20 per week; on top of that the employer has to pay 9% of that amount into the employee's superannuation fund. Until recently wait staff were paid 'penalty rates' - which means 'time and a half' on Saturday and 'double time' on Sunday. On top of that ...
by Belle
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

We always use the excellent American Express card for everything as we don't like carrying very much cash - so tipping then becomes a bit more problematic. Belle just add the tip to the rest of the bill when it comes to restaurants-if you need cash there are always ATM cards. Regards, Len Actually,...
by Belle
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

My month in New York is among the most memorable of my life. I went to a concert or the opera every night but one, when I was visiting a friend at Yale. I came with a friend, and we stayed at an AirBnB in New Jersey, actually on the boulevard overlooking the Hudson with the New York skyline. I foun...
by Belle
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 115033

Re: What I listened to today

Listening to this at the moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0zlpb6coBY

These really are excellent pieces and so reminiscent of Debussy at times. The pianist seems right at home with this repertoire.
by Belle
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 115033

Re: What I listened to today

Thank you, both of you, for those excellent tips. Will listen in a few hours. I did know about the Violin Concerto, having heard it some years ago. I'm seeing my friend on Thursday and can speak with him about this, as we do discuss all things European - Polish in particular. Two nights ago he email...
by Belle
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Thanks so much, John; very thoughtful. It is a question of who, how much and how often. Thanks for the link. It's hard to 'budget' with these things in mind!! As an experienced traveler, you know that when you dine in Vienna or Paris, the "tip" for service is part of the bill ("service et taxe comp...
by Belle
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 115033

Re: What I listened to today

Karol Szymanowski: 9 Preludes, Op. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AqXrydTmHg

I'm taking an interest in all things Polish thanks to my friendship with my physician!!
by Belle
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Thanks so much, John; very thoughtful. It is a question of who, how much and how often. Thanks for the link. It's hard to 'budget' with these things in mind!!
by Belle
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest

I'm truly proud being an American, based on my English/Russian/Slavic genealogy, but in my international travels, I have seen Americans behave shamefully expecting much from people in their native lands. Most Americans, however, I think know how to show appreciation and behave properly. Don't worry...
by Belle
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I wish I'd been there!! Our oldest friend/s here (husband) is an American expat (Duluth, Minnesota) and we talked today about the USA for much of the afternoon. He has lived in Australia since 1973 and his American accent remains as strong as ever. He's the dearest man in the world and a wonderful ...
by Belle
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I wish I'd been there!! Our oldest friend/s here (husband) is an American expat (Duluth, Minnesota) and we talked today about the USA for much of the afternoon. He has lived in Australia since 1973 and his American accent remains as strong as ever. He's the dearest man in the world and a wonderful f...
by Belle
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 6355

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

Today I've been listening to the earliest sonatas again, in preparation for my second lecture - this time on the mid-late period sonatas. I'm listening out for signposts in these earlier works to the late sonatas and, by god, I'm hearing them - especially in Op. 2/3. What an absolute joy that sonata...
by Belle
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:05 pm
John missed you-the conversation flowed. Len
Where are the pictures?? :wink:
by Belle
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest

Speaking of Europe, as Venice has gone, so goes Amsterdam ? Certainly not the situation when I was there in Feb.,1970 : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/amsterdam-gets-tough-on-tourist-excess/ Are these tourists mainly ugly Americans ? Same issue...
by Belle
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

The people in our music group loved it!! Dr. Cook started with old video from Anna's early appearances in Russia, discussing her technique and how it had changed. This academic is a clarinet player and a choral director - or was until recently, when he retired. His special interests are opera and ea...
by Belle
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

John F wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:34 pm
Belle wrote:which is only what 'mad dogs and Englishmen' do
You got it!

Speaking of lectures, did you see my latest addition to the Beethoven sonatas thread? Maybe it will be helpful.
Thanks very much; I did read that and it confirmed some things.

Have a pleasant lunch, all of you.
by Belle
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Beautiful!! You have a bigger sized lot of land? Yesterday at our music group our retired lecturer presented a program on Anna Netrebko and a few performances were from the Met. He subscribes to Met on Demand and I must say it's an impressive site. Anna was singing Lady Macbeth and I was struck by t...
by Belle
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Actually, Len's instructions work perfectly. The crosstown shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square connects with the no. 1, 2, or 3 train going up the west side, and while you do have to do a fair amount of walking underground, sometimes it's better than going out in the midday sun. * *which is ...
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Papercast Interview from Verbier: Joshua Bell
Replies: 0
Views: 107

The Papercast Interview from Verbier: Joshua Bell

This is a lot of fun: he's an absolute favorite of mine!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiXD8qFjxeU
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Actually, I admire Schiff very much. My only disappointment with him is his Scarlatti, which I find too dry and without the sparkling humor that makes that composer so special. Of course every great musician has his/her limits: even James Levine once admitted in an interview that he felt no sympath...
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 238

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

This is the comment I was alluding to, from JohnF: I make no excuses for the kind of conduct that has been alleged against so many men in recent years. At the same time, I worry that some of the accusations may be untrue, revenge against an authority figure for other reasons - perhaps merely hurt fe...
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Absolutely agree; statistically we would have all been peasants or some kind of lowly worker if we'd lived in the days of Jane Austen!! It gives an edge to the biblical words, "the meek shall inherit the earth". My father always used to say that expression was created in order to keep the peasants i...
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dr. Jordan Peterson on PBS "Firing Line"
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Dr. Jordan Peterson on PBS "Firing Line"

This has only just been recorded and I post it here for two reasons; firstly, this woman is a first-rate interviewer who LISTENS and, secondly, Dr. Peterson talks (towards the end) about totalitarianism and people who supported those regimes. We only discussed this recently in The Chatterbox regardi...
by Belle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 317

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

Clive James got his start as weekly TV critic for "The Observer" from 1972 to 1982. Sharp-eyed and sharp-witted, his columns were collected in 3 volumes, still in print. He also did TV himself, ranging from interview shows to the series "Fame" that aired on PBS. No way he could have been bluffed in...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schönbrunn Concert 2018 (HD) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Schönbrunn Concert 2018 (HD) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Thanks for posting this, though I am unfamiliar with the broadcast language. Looking at that Schloss and its magnificent orchestra and Gloriette (up the back, in all its splendour) makes me miserable being away from Vienna. That year, 2011, that we spent there was the happiest in the lives of both m...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The first man to climb Mt. Everest
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: The first man to climb Mt. Everest

This almost inconceivable accomplishment which is now littered with dead bodies etc. and a hstory of numerous people who have more or less done the climb was made by the man who is featured at the beginning of this episode of What's My Line. He does acknowledge that he was joined by his Sherpa comr...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 238

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

if she was planning a Lieder recital that included clichés like Erlkönig and Die Forelle, when Schubert wrote more than 600 songs, most of them masterpieces, it is hard from simply a musical point of view to have much sympathy. How's that again? Her choice of repertoire for an orchestral concert in...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Actually, I admire Schiff very much. My only disappointment with him is his Scarlatti, which I find too dry and without the sparkling humor that makes that composer so special. Of course every great musician has his/her limits: even James Levine once admitted in an interview that he felt no sympath...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

I'm too cheap to subscribe , just take advantage of Medici's generous free offerings.The free access is usually only 30-60 days, thus the frequency of my Medici posts , before they expire, Amazon Prime subscribers get a ton of medici.tv concerts (incl. Verbier's) free with the sub and they haven't ...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

His lectures on the Beethoven piano sonatas I believe are still available at The Guardian's site. Sorry, Schiff's Beethoven lecture series is here : https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/podcasts/andras-schiff-beethoven-lecture-recitals Thanks; I have heard these. I have seen him in recital at least 3 times,...
by Belle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Of course, Erich Kleiber left in disgust over the treatment of Jewish musicians. People said his wife Ruth was Jewish, but she wasn't; her mother had remarried after the death of Ruth's father and his name was Goodrich. Ruth Goodrich Kleiber was no Jew and Erich stood on principle like few before or...
by Belle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Sorry, I exaggerated about Bruckner; his symphonies are what I was referring to, but the rest of his sacred music I really like. You seem to know some Australian pianists and, of course, Donald speaks about Bruce Hungerford (and his tragic early death). Roger Woodward did some pioneering research on...
by Belle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

No; you don't post too much. Point taken about Wang presenting more neglected works. Her technique just astounds me. I mean, seriously, what's that about? And her repertoire is staggering. I just prefer Trifonov, though the damp hair in his face, the buckets of sweat showering the keys and the Wes C...
by Belle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2

Was not going to watch , but glad I did. With Noseda, Verbier Festival Orchestra . Simply put , not to be missed !!: https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/noseda-prokofiev-matsuev/ The link is ok, “ matsuev “ is a typo. I would have suggestions for the 3rd mov. here, but small potatoes. Tried this link...
by Belle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Yuja Wang plays Prokofieff PC’s 5,3 with Noseda, Verbier Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra plays the composer’s “Love for Three Oranges “ Symphonic Suite,Op.33b ( my first hearing of the Suite ) : https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/gianandrea-noseda-conducts-prokofiev-yuja-wang-1/ One of the ple...
by Belle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of our time?
Replies: 12
Views: 293

Re: Music of our time?

John F wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:34 am
Somehow I don't believe jbuck919 had Broadway musicals in mind. :mrgreen:
I know it and was just being facetious!! :D
by Belle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2

I'm just watching this (husband is outside with pop music putting a timber deck in the alfresco area!) and I'm surprised at the very young people in the Verbier Festival Orchestra, many looking like they've only just come out of the music academy! Noseda is an interesting conductor and I remember fi...
by Belle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein at 100
Replies: 13
Views: 6494

Re: Bernstein at 100

I'd love celebrate the Bernstein centenary with something like this - a mini masterpiece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhGINDSb6iM

And this; boy, those lyrics ("the sharp intellectual type")!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_6XiNBnra8
by Belle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of our time?
Replies: 12
Views: 293

Re: Music of our time?

John F wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:57 pm
I don't believe you can have listened past the opening minute, because the remaining 14 minutes are sung, quite beautifully, by Dawn Upshaw.
She does have a beautiful voice; I love Dawn. And this is some 'music of our time' which I adore:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNBPJ5FVeU
by Belle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 6355

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

Too bad about the "technical difficulties," which presumably will be fixed by the time of your Part 2. From what you say, I think you'll get a lot out of Drake's book. He tells much about the extramusical sources of Beethoven's inspiration as reported by Czerny and Schindler and inferred by himself...
by Belle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 414

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

I recommend multiple recordings of these works. One essential set is the Szell/Cleveland set of all three. He re-recorded the 8th for EMI, but I don't like it as much. Belohlavek and the Czech Phil are good. My personal favorite 9th I one by Zdenek Macal and the London Phil on the mid=price Classic...
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 6355

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

Thank you for that. I'll get the book from the university library because I'm presenting the second part of my program - the mid to late sonatas (concentrating on the latter) in November. We had some equipment problems on Thursday which left me very annoyed, so I had to truncate the Sonata No. 15. O...
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 414

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

Dvorak's heart was in it, if you know the tragic story behind its composition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stabat_Mater_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k) Also, don't overlook the Symphony No. 6 in D major, originally published by Dvorak as his No. 1 - not often performed but it deserves to be: GhY7kcmt4mw https...
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

In 1974 we took a month long trip to south america-the pampas meat-buenos aires, la paz bolivia-superb beef! We had the famous beef in Japan and that was great too but the cost-oy! Len Actually, I'm not partial to steak and too much of it is bad for cholesterol anyway. My husband eats 'aged beef' a...
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 414

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

John, the "Stabat Mater" is absolutely magnificent and I've passed it on to a friend who is in a major choir in our city. He's my co-convener at our music group and a retired music pedagogue.
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Good tips are always welcome - thanks for passing that one along. But what's "reasonable" for Peterson is not so much for us. Their online menu doesn't give prices, always a bad sign, but on the Yelp site I found this, "Our prices start at $38 for an 8oz petit filet and go up to $140 for our Tomaha...
by Belle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 989

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

A well known Canadian intellectual recently had dinner at this restaurant in NYC and said they had the best steaks he'd ever eaten in his life!! I looked at the prices and couldn't believe how reasonable they were: https://www.royal35steakhouse.com/ That 'fixed price' menu would be over $100 in Aust...