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by barney
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

Nothing I would like better - really! I'm trying to work it out. The problem is my wife has discovered travel, but her roots are decidedly British, especially as we have a son there. But I have plans afoot....
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Yes, I know it can produce shocking injustices, and it seems your son(s) fall into that category. It's also interesting that the most violent group for domestic violence is Lesbians, with 41% saying they have been victims. (If that figure is true - I read it in a reputable source but now can't remem...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

Good luck with that Len. I try every day not to blunder and every day I fail.
But I feel a bit mean for putting you to so much grief. It was only a joke. :(
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Sue, you will probably be interested in this, if you haven't seen it. From the ABC. It's not the gender balance you are fighting for, but it still highlights problems in the system. Australia's family law system placing children in unsafe situations, ALRC finds Emily Clark and Heidi Davoren © A Aust...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Not quite right. News Corp have largely been silent because - until the raids - they have supported government policy. And, from your posts, I suspect you mainly read News Corp publications, especially the Australian. Other media have had a bit to say as the parade of legislation has come down (more...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent

Ooooh, Len, you are in trouble. This clearly belongs in the corner pub. Unless you are singing from the same hymn sheet as your esteemed president.
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

Forgive my ignorance, but does it still happen if the phone is off?
Mine usually is not - it's recharging. But I should turn it off. perhaps.
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

OK, it was 10,000. Ten thousand!!!
But it was the Washington Post, not the New York Times. 10,011 in 828 days.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... d4209915b7
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

>I suppose, all that conceded, I still fall back to the idea that, however inadequate and selective the media, there is no other real check or balance that has any power or influence on governments or large corporations. The media are already hamstrung by meagre resources and a difficult economic m...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2020 election food for thought
Replies: 18
Views: 1063

Re: 2020 election food for thought

unconvictable when out. The sooner we get to test your theory the better! Regards, Len :lol: I suspect there's not a jury outside of DC (and not even even the Senate there) that would convict the motha. I'd love to be his lawyer -- slam dunk acquittal -- but, given 'Midtown Mussolini's' penchant fo...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Thanks Sue. You have put your position well, and I have a lot of sympathy for you. Yes, the media does seem to hunt in packs, especially in politics - Fairfax (as was), Guardian and ABC on one side, News and Sky on the other. Certainly the media fails to look properly at all sorts of issues, there c...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

How is a free press someone's tyranny? Only a tyrant need fear a free press (leaving aside for now the rather vexed issue of media's commercial interests). Have you not accepted any of my arguments about the need for a free press in a healthy democracy? Are you one of the increasing number of Austr...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Nonsense Lance. We all think you have a picture in the attic...
Best wishes (belated) for the day.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:24 pm
maestrob wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 am
Joann Grillo ... once said to me: "In those days, you hadn't made it at the MET unless you'd been groped by Pavarotti!"
I reckon that makes Pavarotti "King of the Low Cs".
:lol: Very good.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

I have to agree entirely with Woolfe. I admired Domingo above almost any singer, but I LOVED Pavarotti. Such a gorgeous, natural voice. I may have posted this before, but I saw him only twice (he didn't come much to Australia apart from his first breakthrough tour with Sutherland when I was a child ...
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

Wonderful bit of generosity. But still only a stop-gap, even if a long one.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

Thanks Rach3. Any idea if the same applies to Windows 10? I imagine it probably does.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

How is a free press someone's tyranny? Only a tyrant need fear a free press (leaving aside for now the rather vexed issue of media's commercial interests). Have you not accepted any of my arguments about the need for a free press in a healthy democracy? Are you one of the increasing number of Austra...
by barney
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Sue, I'm really sorry at the evident injustice done to your son, and to many fathers in this country. I agree that many seem to be really badly treated by a system geared up to see them automatically as the offenders. (And of course when it comes to violence they usually are, though this has nothing...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

The Federal Police have the right to act, true. It is because of some of the most draconian anti-freedom laws in the Western world. As we all know, legal does not necessarily mean moral or right. Only the most extraordinarily naive would trust governments and their agencies not to abuse powers given...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I'm afraid, Sue, that you and I are definitely on opposite sides of the fence on this one. Much of the time politicians conflate national security and their own embarrassment. If it weren't for brave whistleblowers who risk their freedom, governments would do a lot more draconian stuff. Every major ...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I resent this greatly, typical high-handed Apple. I use iTunes to back up my phone, for example. A friend has burnt all my CDs, nearly 10,000, and put them on an NAS (don't ask me) which I access via iTunes. When I listened to podcasts I downloaded them through iTunes. My next phone won't be Apple....
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I resent this greatly, typical high-handed Apple. I use iTunes to back up my phone, for example. A friend has burnt all my CDs, nearly 10,000, and put them on an NAS (don't ask me) which I access via iTunes. When I listened to podcasts I downloaded them through iTunes.
My next phone won't be Apple.
by barney
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Identity politics in music

Yes, in the end you are right. There is only one way to test such claims, but it will be a self-defeating attempt because it will (surely) bring financial pain as a consequence.
by barney
Thu May 30, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Identity politics in music

John, your quotation is not by the author of the article but the precede or standfirst that goes below the headline to summarise what follows or pique interest.It would have been written by the translator, I suspect. In newspapers it is done by a sub-editor, not the reporter. "Identity politics is o...
by barney
Thu May 30, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Identity politics in music

Sorry John, I can't make any sense of your reply.
The point of the article, surely, is that there IS a canon, Beethoven is in it, and musical identity politics can't change that.
What you have quoted is what he is standing against.
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward

Oops! I see it is educational use only, so no watching for Barney. I also note the conductor is Keri-Lynn Wilson who has just had a big success in Melbourne conducting Opera Australia in a brilliant production of Cosi fan tutte
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward

Agree about the astonishing resources on YouTube, but this looks like a treasure trove. Just started scrolling through opera, and came across Der Kaiser von Atlantis,for example. I admire that opera; it is one for the times. But I have seen it live only twice, one of which was semi-professional. I l...
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I don't disagree that Morrison's government is essentially centrist, centre-right, and that seems to be the PM's own comfort ground. And losing Ton y Abbott - a man I personally found warm and decent the couple of times I met him - will take an albatross from the PM's neck. This is definitely his go...
by barney
Tue May 28, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

lennygoran wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 8:14 pm
barney wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 6:00 pm
My concern about identity politics is that it is divisive and reductionist,
Barney exactly what Trump relies on-you got it! Let's not forget that he called those Nazis good people--Jews will not replace us." Regards, Len :(
Yes, that was certainly a low point. I despaired at that.
by barney
Tue May 28, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Public libraries: more than just books
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Public libraries: more than just books

Libraries in Australia don't have examples of such extreme contributions as keeping life going during hurricanes, but I think they are growing in importance. They have something in common with churches - many people, research shows, go to church for community and only later, if at all, believe. Chur...
by barney
Tue May 28, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Really? I think there's a lot to it (if we are talking about Rach3's conservative commentator). Extremes on both sides today have a moral compass that I don't recognise, but I think the commentator is right about Clinton and Blair - they could not have had the appeal they did had they been fixated o...
by barney
Sun May 26, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Identity politics in music

Over in the corner pub, the discussion on the Australian election has moved to identity politics. The article below argues that this is now a problem in music also. I found it interesting and wondered whether anyone here agrees. If this is better in the corner pub, Lance, feel free to move it. Artic...
by barney
Sun May 26, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

No Rach 3, that's not what I take from it either, though it may well be true of some people. And I understand that most people who believe in "political correctness" do so from genuine motives for the best, ie correcting injustices. My concern about identity politics is that it is divisive and reduc...
by barney
Sun May 26, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Thoughts? I'll give you two thoughts. The theme and variations form is the most enduring of all musical forms. It predates the sonata and, perhaps, has outlasted it. Rzewski's "The People United" is one relatively contemporary example, Lutoslawski's "Paganini Variations" is another, and I am sure t...
by barney
Sat May 25, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: 'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo

Ah, a character! The sort we love to read about, so long as we don't have to work with them.
by barney
Sat May 25, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: older conductors are being leapfrogged by charismatic youths
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: older conductors are being leapfrogged by charismatic youths

Yes, thanks Len. It was an interesting and important point he made about the marketability of younger conductors to younger orchestras, because most orchestra subscription audiences are pretty old. At least at the many concert halls in Australia and Europe I have been to. I say subscription because ...
by barney
Sat May 25, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Excellent article Sue, very astute and interesting. I get the Australian (along with The Age and Herald-Sun) but haven't read the weekend edition yet. Some of their longer-form reporting at the weekend is really good. Paul Kelly is always a compulsory read, and greg Sheridan is thoughtful and measur...
by barney
Fri May 24, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit live
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Pianist Igor Levit live

Thanks for the tip, Rach3
by barney
Thu May 23, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit live
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Pianist Igor Levit live

Levit won the 2016 Gramophone CD of the Year for 3 sets of variations: Goldberg, Diabelli and Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated. I am waiting to find this second-hand somewhere.
The CD you mention Lance I do have, and am very impressed.
by barney
Tue May 21, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I don't like any kind of government boondoggles that try to enforce conformity of speech, behaviour or anything else that impinges on individual liberty. I am not across the religious issues because I'm not part of a particular denomination to any serious extent; I'd call myself more of a 'cultural...
by barney
Tue May 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

The concept of a religious discrimination commissioner is worrying from a number of aspects, especially a freedom of speech perspective. This is possibly the first step in a process to restrict what the general public may think and say. We already have extensive libel and slander laws in Australia ...
by barney
Tue May 21, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2952

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Well Sue, I am pleased for your son and you, and many friends who voted Liberal. I voted Labor, because I thought they had a vision for the country - which the people at large rejected, as is their right - which was more positive. Morrison's campaign was relentlessly negative - 'the Bill you can't a...
by barney
Fri May 17, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!

It looks a treasure, Lance.
by barney
Tue May 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: George Dreyfus

I asked a conductor friend whether the opera had any merit, and he didn't know. I've never heard it, and like you know very little of Dreyfus' music. I don't feel this is a lack in my life.
by barney
Mon May 13, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: George Dreyfus

He seemed stubborn rather than aggressive - quite implacable. I was in Row N, about 13 rows back, and while he raised his voice it was declamatory rather than angry. He certainly has a chip on his shoulder, as your link points out. When the opera did begin, it was outstanding - it's the venerable El...
by barney
Mon May 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

Re: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd

Thanks for that explanation. It's always interesting to learn how others weigh up the various characteristics and priorities.
by barney
Mon May 13, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 1751

Re: George Dreyfus

Actually, I was in the audience! It was the opening night of Opera Australia's Melbourne autumn season. Dreyfus senior was in the very front row, with an electronic megaphone he couldn't make work. The ushers weren't game to touch him - probably rightly, as he is 91 and very frail - so had to wait f...
by barney
Mon May 13, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

Re: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd

I should be honest and point out that the SMH review was by me. Did you really like the D960, Rach 3? What did you like about it? I found some phrasing delicious, but the overall conception incoherent and missing the magic. Maestrob and I agree about Kempff, whom I cited in the review. I have 33 per...
by barney
Sun May 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australia Festival in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Australia Festival in New York

A minor memory. My father was assistant conductor when The Australian Ballet toured Canada, the US and South America in 1967. At the time I was collecting those small books of matches that companies, cafes and tourist places etc used to produce as a means of marketing and promotion. My father mentio...