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by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Season's Greetings

I'm off to New Zealand in the next couple of days and won't be here for the Festive Season so I'm wishing everybody here on CMG a happy Christmas and Festive Season and prosperous and healthy 2018. We'll be back in time to watch the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year Concert with Riccardo Muti. S...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

You have to take into account that I'm a Yank and don't speak English properly. :D Otherwise, I enjoy the rest of your work. :lol: But seriously, Americans use English differently at times. Just as one example; we watch "Cops" and on that reality program the police always ask, " where's he live a t...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

I've always wondered whether "Dido and Aeneas," with the leading role of Aeneas for a bass, can really have been written for a girls' school and first performed there by the students. This article answers no questions but raises lots of them. Of the alternatives, I'm inclined to believe it was firs...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

Although I admire Purcell for other reasons, Dido has always seemed to me a mediocre work except for its famous finale. It seems intentionally unpretentious, to coin a phrase. I love the work and when I presented it this year to our music community group, together with other theatre works by Purcel...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?) You don't see "whence" often nowadays, or "whom" for that matter. But since "whence" means from what place or source, "from whence" is one word too many. :) When I was at school " from whence he came " was a standard phrase!! Ergo: "...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land. This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?) the Prokofiev career was launched; they were effectively peasants who owned...
by Belle
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: Penderecki

I'll take a listen to the Penderecki " Paradise Lost " tomorrow as we are hostages indoors because of days of century temperatures here and bad fires in the area (most, if not all, deliberately lit). So, for the moment it is nearly "paradise lost" since it is the wine growing area which has been 'li...
by Belle
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. RMCR (rec.music.classical.recordings) is such a group, and though it is not what it once was, it still contains lots of useful information on a slew of classical music topics and relatively little these days in the way of trolling, flame w...
by Belle
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 1632

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Wonderful, erudite comments!! Much appreciated.
by Belle
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

All interesting comments. Undoubtedly sites like " Facebook " have engaged younger people and this is the demographic most at risk. In a discussion about this article last night on TV a panel talked about young people not being able to put away their 'devices'. Many are not engaging with society in ...
by Belle
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Facebook reconsidered

I've never liked this social media platform, but here's an interesting item from one of its original creators:

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/form ... ?r=US&IR=T
by Belle
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

I heard an interview with a US technology expert last night on TV (I didn't catch the name) who talked about driver-less and electric cars being in NYC in approximately 5 years. In any case, despite the fact that tens of thousands of drivers would be unemployed, there is an up side: no more road rag...
by Belle
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

My hi-fi retailer told me all about this in September 2016 when I bought my latest equipment, so it's not 'news' (typical of "The Guardian" to be late to the party). He showed me turntables worth $A75,000 and said he was selling them reasonably regularly!! Also, he said there was a boom in CD sales ...
by Belle
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer

Th writer of that review has found some excellent words and phrases to describe the Glass experience. It's been hard to nail his music altogether. Though it can be mesmerizing, I do find its repetitious iterations to be both frustrating and tiring. This work is an enjoyable one, though hardly virtuo...
by Belle
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Penderecki

I've been listening this morning to this version of Penderecki's 'Concerto Resurrection for Piano and Orchestra'; I must say the pianist is impressive, especially since she's reading the work whilst playing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-NBM7yHtzg It sounds a lot like Prokofiev crossed with B...
by Belle
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius Piano Music by Leif Ove Andsnes on Sony
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: Sibelius Piano Music by Leif Ove Andsnes on Sony

I've seen this fine pianist performing at the Musikverein in Vienna and he's assured, composed and thoughtful. Thanks for the information on his new Sibelius offering.
by Belle
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boheme Guth set a dystopian future.
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Boheme Guth set a dystopian future.

I sure won't be at this one nor will I even bother to watch it. Regards, Len :( https://www.medici.tv/en/operas/puccini-la-boheme-opera-de-paris/?utm_source=Mainlist&utm_campaign=f04bc92727-%23405+-+20171207+-+Don+Quichotte%2FNobel+%28insc+EN%29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae558c6ab2-f04bc92727-320...
by Belle
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I have to admit that it's much more difficult for me to make allowances for Levine than it is for, say, Wagner or Karajan. I wonder if this is strictly because he's contemporaneous...or if there's something else going on in my head. Have to think more about it...but I can't imagine I'm the only one...
by Belle
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

For me, the main news in this rehash of standard music history is that Dawn Upshaw sang in the performance of the Schoenberg string quartet. She hardly ever performs nowadays, it seems; I last heard her nearly 10 years ago in Saariaho's "La Passion de Simone." A versatile and valuable artist, she a...
by Belle
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

For years, James Levine has earned about $2 million a season from the Met alone, and more from his music directorships at Ravinia, Munich, and Boston. Ten years ago the BSO paid his company Phramus Inc. nearly $1.6 million for his first season with them. He also earns substantial royalties on his m...
by Belle
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Valid comments. My concern, as a culture-lover, is that it has excused philistine excesses in the art and music world; ergo, that Emin's "unmade bed" and Duchamp's "Urinal", inter alia, are equivalent to "The Nightwatch" by Rembrandt because it's contingent upon no one artefact having more value an...
by Belle
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

This is terribly interesting, thanks Len!! I have a book by Schoenberg which is an anthology of his essays. Tonality had become effete, yes, but it was also re-energized by great composers like Ravel, Rachmaninov, Strauss and Shostakovich, amongst others. I love the idea about "more order". I love S...
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Undoubtedly The Met will have some insurance to cover these contingencies but it will bankrupt Levine - if the court finds against him in any future litigation, that is. Belle what court-Levine bankrupted-how? Regards, Len A massive penalty imposed on the conductor through enforcement of reparation...
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Levine won't have to "seek it out", others will do that for him. And I'm betting there will be squillions to be paid in compensation by both Levine and The Met. The lawyers always follow the money trail. Undoubtedly The Met will have some insurance to cover these contingencies but it will bankrupt L...
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

This has a baying mob feel to it. I'm arguing that there are legal processes available which, as Jordan Peterson says on the link I provided, is extended to even the most heinous criminals so they are not left at the mercy of the crowd and whose fate is decided in a civilized setting. James Levine i...
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Shouldn't this be over in The Corner Pub?
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Jordan Peterson has interesting things to say about the presumption of innocence and the individual here at 53 minutes: - he speaks about it for just 1 minute 15 seconds but it's powerful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q14VhGQIUxg
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

It just gets worse, doesn't it? Why on earth did these new complainants not act before this? In a sense this has given Levine the advantage if that statute of limitations can be upheld. But, honestly, who would want to go through the horror of court proceedings, having all that private and embarrass...
by Belle
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

"... regardless of whether the accusations are true or not ". I have a problem with this statement as it has more than a faint whiff of kangaroo court and trial by media. Perhaps it would be much wiser for The Met to make a public statement regarding its expectations about the standards of behaviour...
by Belle
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

Continuing my way through all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Kovacevich) with score. Up to No. 11 and listening and reading intently for influences, stylistic changes and compositional techniques. Next year I'm presenting a program for our music group called "The Piano Sonata" and I'm thinking will be...
by Belle
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I too have heard the rumors about Levine's extra-curricular activities, and about $50,000 payments for silence. I was furious then, and am furious now. When I was in high school I fired a voice teacher who made passes at me and reported him to my high school conductor right away. Luckily, he was sy...
by Belle
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

This evening Stephen Kovacevich playing Beethoven Piano Sonatas 4 in E-flat, Op. 7 and 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1. Following along with the score; there's no sign of dinner tonight while these are on the agenda!! Occasionally I can hear Kovacevich humming along, which is nice. These early sonatas ar...
by Belle
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

This is just dreadful; there are no winners from this. I'm only sorry the person being abused, who was 15 at the time, didn't go to the police then. It seems all a bit late now to guarantee that Levine has his day in court. That's the only way to sort out these matters, not trial by media or kangaro...
by Belle
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Famous musicians photographed together

This makes for interesting viewing, though the pictures of Carlos Kleiber and von Karajan don't seem to be included:

http://vagnethierry.fr/en/conductors-me ... ach-other/
by Belle
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Postmodernism exposed

I haven't read the works of that great Russian author but my eldest son has read them and loves Dostoyevski and Tolstoy. " The Idiot " is one of the favourites of A.C. Grayling too, as it happens. Professor Jordan Peterson tells his class of Psychology students in Canada about Dostoyevski. God, woul...
by Belle
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Baldness a bad omen for the ticker
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Baldness a bad omen for the ticker

My 36y/o son is practically bald; his great grandfather lost all his hair before his mid 20s and lived to be nearly 90. He died in 1963 before statins or any other drugs were available. He drank lots of beer, though, if that helps - because he had owned several hotels (not all at once). I feel that ...
by Belle
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Valid comments. My concern, as a culture-lover, is that it has excused philistine excesses in the art and music world; ergo, that Emin's "unmade bed" and Duchamp's "Urinal", inter alia, are equivalent to "The Nightwatch" by Rembrandt because it's contingent upon no one artefact having more value and...
by Belle
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

The problem is that we live in an era of zero core truths anymore, so it's to be expected that mathematic paradigms are also up for grabs. Cast your mind back to what was quoted by Professor Dawkins in that link I provided in "postmodernism exposed" and you'll see the genesis (unfortunate metaphor, ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

Haven't we had this conversation before? I believe I said that that if NOLA's restaurant chefs still know how to cook the local specialties, I'll be happy. I've been to New Orleans twice and as with Vienna and London, the ambiance and the spirit of the people you meet pleases me. One of those times...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Baldness a bad omen for the ticker
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Baldness a bad omen for the ticker

Premature greying or baldness could be a surer sign of an impending heart attack than smoking, obesity, high blood pressure or even diabetes, scientists have found. But the researchers do not know if an eroding hairline directly triggers heart disease, or is simply a sign of rapid biological ageing ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

Mmmm.." Silver crescent "!! 8) Is that a reference to anyone over 55? It sounds like a wonderful trip to New Orleans and, you're right, flying over a place is only a means to an end. It intrigues me that you have no rail platforms and a little step-ladder has to be used for people accessing or leavi...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

Do you actually get that Michael Portillo railway series in the USA? It's absolutely excellent. Portillo is a former Conservative British MP and a huge railway enthusiast. In the European series he follows the route of the "Bradshaw Travel Guide" from circa 1905 and this makes for a fascinating comp...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

Beautiful!! Yes, I recognize some of those bridge images from the program. My son and his fiance did a lot of rail travel earlier this year in your country and absolutely loved it. (They've just bought an exotic cat and called it Monti, short for Monticello.) I can see we are going to have to pay a ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

It was a train journey in Program 5 listed on the Wiki entry below. Several stops were made and places explored and I remember the Catskills being one destination. Several times you saw the train running alongside the river. The series follows long train journeys based on early 20th century travel d...
by Belle
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

I've been meaning to ask you before; I saw " Great Railway Journeys of the USA " with Michael Portillo the other night and the trip followed the Hudson River to Albany, but went through Poughkeepsie first. Do you live up that way because it looks totally wonderful right there. Vassar College - we sa...
by Belle
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

Can 'this old Catholic boy' hear Schubert at the very end of this lied? This old Catholic girl thinks she can!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqlSOjlL2YA
by Belle
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

How do you think Wiki compares to the Grove? Even though that's 'out-of-date' when it hits the presses (as would be most books in a university library - but nonetheless still completely relevant), I believe it provides the benchmark with regard to music history in terms of its authors and scholarshi...
by Belle
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: It's that time of year again

I disagree; I've read some egregious stuff on Wiki and the entries often bear the prejudices of the writers in a blatant manner. Who writes on there and what are their credentials? Anyone can log on and edit an entry. The musicologist I met in Vienna 2 years ago agreed with me about the problem but ...
by Belle
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

The complete funeral service is on Dmitri's Facebook page, though it is somewhat harrowing. What struck me was his ready smile and warm enthusiasm, and that's what people found so endearing about Hvorostovsky. One of a kind.
by Belle
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

This is a moving and fitting tribute for the late singer. He will be very much missed.