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by Belle
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!

Seems to be what music is coming to these days. I looked through the BBC Proms programme and didn't feel inspired to book even one. There are just a couple I'll listen to at home. The whole series will be a good intro for someone wanting to find out a little about "classical music". But is there so...
by Belle
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alcyone by Marais
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Alcyone by Marais

Absolutely love it and the work of Dr. Christie generally. I think he's retired now as there seem to be new faces in Les Arts. I'll have my music group enthusiastic for more French baroque opera by this time next year. Len, you've got great taste!! Len the CMG epicure!! I love this: https://www.yout...
by Belle
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Today I wrote down what Thomas Quasthoff said about Bach in a 1996 documentary. I think it's apposite: " I love Bach so incredibly. The more intensely I study his music, the less I understand it because the degree of its greatness is so superior to my small human existence. I sense it when I sing t...
by Belle
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alcyone by Marais
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Alcyone by Marais

This motivated me to find the now out-of-print recording of Alcyone made by Marc Minkowski about 25 years ago. (Believe it or not, one of my interests is French baroque opera.) I finally got it on Amazon; definitely worth listening to if you can find it (I bought the only reasonably priced copy on ...
by Belle
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Today I wrote down what Thomas Quasthoff said about Bach in a 1996 documentary. I think it's apposite: " I love Bach so incredibly. The more intensely I study his music, the less I understand it because the degree of its greatness is so superior to my small human existence. I sense it when I sing th...
by Belle
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 486

Re: "Winterreise"

Though Hotter studied with an opera singer, Matthäus Roemer, who had sung the role of Parsifal at Bayreuth, he says that most of the work was with Lieder, and that he only studied operatic roles later. No doubt this is one reason why Hotter's Wotan etc. make so much of the words, not just as dictio...
by Belle
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

When I said that 'recordings are second best' I meant that the bar is EXTREMELY high already! I was at Harnoncourt's last performance in the Musikverein just over 2 years ago (Beethoven #5); that performance was recorded and was released after he died. So, it was moving to be there on that evening a...
by Belle
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

The most enjoyment of music is by attending a live performance with great musicians led by a great conductor. Sadly, we haven't got Kleiber to listen to, but the greatest musical experiences in my lifetime have been those few concerts led by great conductors where everything just gelled (a Berlioz ...
by Belle
Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Nothing can replace live performances, in my opinion. This occurred to me when I lived in Vienna and saw and heard the world's greatest orchestras and artists. That's when I realized that recorded music is always second best!!
by Belle
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

If visiting concerts halls for live performances "need not come at all" then I don't see much future for recorded music since those orchestras cannot be maintained simply for the occasional recording contract.
by Belle
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Thanks for those comments, Lance! :D Recently I watched on U-tube some of those Leonard Bernstein educational broadcasts from the 1950s with the NYPO. I was enchanted by the huge numbers of children and young people and how extremely well-behaved they were!! And one particular program was about Paul...
by Belle
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

That will definitely make a difference to the music they play!! :lol:
by Belle
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

The huge crowds which turn out to the "Last Night of the Proms" in the UK are staggering. And the audiences themselves in the Albert Hall are stacked to the rafters for much of the Prom season. I would say the death of 'classical music' has been highly exaggerated and I place no credibility in surve...
by Belle
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

I didn't ever suggest her talent wasn't absolutely stunning. I simply say I'm disappointed to see the woman succumb to raunch schtick which is so much a hallmark of exhibitionism. My eldest son recently wondered whether it had anything to do with the fact that she was Chinese and had spend her young...
by Belle
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

10 years ago I played a gig with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, in Elmira, New York. This was on March 4, 2007. Yuja Wang was the piano soloist, and she did a really stunning performance of the Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto. She wasn't yet the star she is today (indeed there's no way a ...
by Belle
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

I'm an 'old fogey' because I have tolerance for unfashionable livery - even when the pull-over is waaaay too big!!! It's the package inside, as far as I'm concerned: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/79/1f/92/791f92de90a51fd4dba8196edcbc57ea.jpg The wonderful Kleiber was very wardrobe-c...
by Belle
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 486

Re: "Winterreise"

Lovely comments; thanks John. I really value your ideas on this as I do not have that kind of extensive listening of recorded music.

FWIW, what did you think of Jonas Kaufmann's version?
by Belle
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 486

Re: "Winterreise"

I've listened to your choice and it's certainly better than Kaufmann, but I still prefer DF-D/Moore of 1961/2. Moore was a poet; you couldn't fault his playing!! I love DF-D's phrasing, dramatic qualities and his voice generally.
by Belle
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 486

"Winterreise"

A couple of friends were here for lunch yesterday, one sporting a Jonas Kaufmann CD of Schubert's "Winterreise". He wanted to try it out on my hi-fi equipment and waxed lyrical about Kaufmann. I was disappointed but remained diplomatic!! My go-to in this song cycle is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, no ma...
by Belle
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful The same could be said of Lang Lang and all his "extras". Goose/gander. They're both telling us they're playing for a different audience now; I get that. Just as long as I can continue to see Trifonov in his conservative livery with breathtaking musicianshi...
by Belle
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

It absolutely IS working out for her! But I think you could eliminate two of the descriptors you wrote and she'd still have more than enough appeal to get people into the venues to see her. My question is " why " the extras ? What started out as elegant and appealing has become raunchy and excessive...
by Belle
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Yuja Wang's livery

She's starting to look like a sexual exhibitionist these days in her raunch livery:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3laBo2usGcA
by Belle
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1QjOjGMhns

What's not to love?? :D I love the way you just can't predict where any of this music will go and, ultimately, rest. You're always on the job, listening, guessing, experiencing... "Bach building the universe". Yes, that's it exactly, David!!!
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

That's not the only passage in Beethoven's music which "marks time." At the end of the Eroica's first movement development, the orchestra "vamps till ready" in the dominant until the horn interrupts with its premature entry. Taken in isolation, the music in those bars is unimpressive, to say the le...
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:04 am
If Bach is an acquired taste, so is Handel, a musical genius of the first order.
Totally agree.
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

You've nailed it!! He IS marking time and it doesn't even 'behave' like a bridge passage, IMO. I do think the rest of the sonata is wonderful, so this weak spot stands out for me.
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!

Some people are clutching their pearls in horror at this promotion for Dresden with the Staatskapelle playing an ABBA song. I love it and the song is a favourite, except for the bog-standard lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA9sY7w3I8o
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

I'm probably biased, since I have performed both pieces, but nothing in the choral repertoire equals Bach's Mass in B minor, or the Christmas Oratorio. The Cantatas are in my regular listening order: their sublime beauty may vary in quality, but it's all on such a high plane that, well, how could o...
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Absolutely brilliant, poetic comments!l Couldn't agree more. When I think of the idiotic and infantile comments made by some people on other messageboards..... I cannot stay away from CMG because of such wonderful observations about music. Thank you. Speaking to music enthusiasts yesterday (and ever...
by Belle
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 1088

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

Audiences changed radically from the English Renaissance to the Restoration. Shakespeare's plays were rewritten by the likes of Colley Cibber; "Hamlet" and "King Lear" were provided with happy endings. In Shakespeare's time, cruelty was popular entertainment, not just in fiction but in reality, fro...
by Belle
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 1088

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

Yesterday I presented a program about Baroque Theatre Music: Henry Purcell (England) to our music appreciation group. I concentrated on " Dido and Aeneas ", " King Arthur " and " The Fairy Queen ". In particular, I discussed the collaboration between Dryden and Purcell on 'King Arthur' and some of t...
by Belle
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hi Fi
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Hi Fi

How about $4,500??? My previous Sony lasted 20 years (though the computer on it refused to perform certain functions after about 15!). I am after sound quality and you certainly do get much more 'information' on the more expensive CD players. I had one fabulous recording (in a boxed set) that refuse...
by Belle
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hi Fi
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Hi Fi

I've spent quite a lot on money in the last year on a great hi fi system. No problems with the Amplifier or speakers but the CD players have been totally shocking. First, Unison Research; hybrid valve unit, chewed my CDs and didn't play 25% of the time. Sent back to be fixed and returned only to hav...
by Belle
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

Here's Ernst Ottensamer playing Mozart. Somebody has put this up as a tribute from a concert he did in Moldova. It's just terrible that he's gone!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59EwS9i82zg I sent a sympathy message to his son Daniel Ottensamer and just received a lovely email in acknowledgment.
by Belle
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

The section in question appears at 6'21" on the clip I provided with my comments. What I love about the sonata is not only its wonderful melody but its variety and muscularity. It does look ahead to the late sonatas in particular sections. And I adore the second movement with its gentle ostinto over...
by Belle
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

I absolutely adore this sonata and keep coming back to it! It's excellent to be able to read the score online as you listen. Now, the first movement; it always seems to me that it breaks up a little (for want of a better term) from bars 220-250. That section just doesn't quite work for me. It's here...
by Belle
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kosky Wagner Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Kosky Wagner Bayreuth

Len, I think that's what you might call one of those "known unknowns". :D
by Belle
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Lost and Found
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Music Lost and Found

That's why it's called the Bay of Plenty (more where that came from!). :mrgreen:
by Belle
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 811

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Loved reading those anecdotes and all about your considerable recorded music collection. A (deceased) friend of mine was an enthusiast for pianists of the past and (long) before he retired he was a broadcaster with our national FM network. Whilst in London visiting his mother a couple of decades ago...
by Belle
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

It's an easy one-stop-shop for me, that's all. And the comments usually reveal the facts if these are MIA! Some of the comments themselves can actually be appalling, but that's the internet for you - but these types of behaviours are mostly in the minority anyway. Thanks for the heads up on those ot...
by Belle
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

It is a pretty good site, though, for finding out what's happening in the musical world. How good can it be, when Lebrecht has such a poor record for factual accuracy? He isn't just careless, he's been caught making up "facts" to suit his views - kind of like American politics nowadays. I'd rather ...
by Belle
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 593

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: 11
Views: 593

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: 11
Views: 593

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: 183

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: 310

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: 477

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: 20
Views: 811

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: 20
Views: 811

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: 20
Views: 811

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...