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by barney
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Procrastinator
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Mozart Procrastinator

I'm definitely a procrastinator when there's something important that has to be done. It's probably from fear of possibly screwing it up - though of course the chances of that are likely to increase as the amount of time decreases. Except perhaps if you're Mozart. As a journalist, deadlines have be...
by barney
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Recordings of women composers

Absolutely. I look forward to following her up.
by barney
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Recordings of women composers

Not composers but conductors: very interesting rticle about how women conductors are smashing the glass ceiling.

http://standpointmag.co.uk/music-norman ... 9a8131f7be
by barney
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 1834

Re: Janacek's operas

Janacek is not performed nearly often enough. I've had the opportunity in Australia to see only two that I am aware of, both of which I took: Jenufa in 1998 and the Cunning Little Vixen in 2017. The latter had the same impact on me that you describe. I thought it was wonderful, rushed out and bought...
by barney
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Recordings of women composers

But Barney, isn't that the point of "all female" collections, to feature a group that has been systematically ignored, regardless of merit? In favor of systematically favoring another group, also regardless of merit. "Based on merit" just hasn't happened yet. Collections like this are a way of nudg...
by barney
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Recordings of women composers

The Australian Broadcasting Company has just released a double CD of Australian women composers: Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Margaret Sutherland and another 8 or so. I have it, but have not opened it yet. I know I am an entitled white male who is patriarchal, colonialist, het...
by barney
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Ottensamer, Wang clarinet, piano cd
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: New Ottensamer, Wang clarinet, piano cd

Good choice, Brian. I really enjoyed this one, mainly for the clarinettist, but Yuja Wang brings a lot too.
by barney
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

PS: I had no idea that Mozart employed 40 violins. That is really interesting, thank you. But it doesn't mean he would always want 40 violins in each orchestral work. For example, it would really hamper the piano concerti on fortepiano. And the wind! Did he double the winds? Mozart himself did not ...
by barney
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Ottensamer, Wang clarinet, piano cd
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: New Ottensamer, Wang clarinet, piano cd

Ottensamer is a brilliant clarinetist. Still not 30, he has been principal at the Berlin Phil for 8 years. This is a really fine CD.
by barney
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

PS: I had no idea that Mozart employed 40 violins. That is really interesting, thank you. But it doesn't mean he would always want 40 violins in each orchestral work. For example, it would really hamper the piano concerti on fortepiano. And the wind! Did he double the winds?
by barney
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

This discussion just confirms for me what the rest of you already know: I'm an imbecile. As I read each comment, I think "that seems pretty fair". And you can't all be right - or can you? In one sense you certainly can: you can each present accurately your own opinion. Actually, I think Maestrob sai...
by barney
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Traviata Fri April 5 PBS Thirteen
Replies: 3
Views: 605

Re: Met Traviata Fri April 5 PBS Thirteen

It says premiered April 5 2019. Have you added time-travel to your many skills, Len?
by barney
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike
Replies: 31
Views: 2754

Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike

The strike continues. More evidence of American philistinism: Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media Brian Naylor March 19, 2019 President Trump's proposed budget calls for big cuts in a wide array of domestic programs — among them, agencies that fund the arts, human...
by barney
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

I'm pretty well informed about today's composers and musicians and their work, and have heard quite a few of them in person. The thing is that unlike some others here, I'm also familiar with performers and performances over the last 60 years or so, and recordings covering more than a century. From ...
by barney
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

it was the Gramophone Recording of the Year for 2018. In other words, the critics heard nothing better all year. They can't all be as dumb as me. Of course they can, even dumber. :) As for it's being the Gramophone's recording of the year, even if we agreed to that it wouldn't signify much, conside...
by barney
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

it was the Gramophone Recording of the Year for 2018. In other words, the critics heard nothing better all year. They can't all be as dumb as me. Of course they can, even dumber. :) As for it's being the Gramophone's recording of the year, even if we agreed to that it wouldn't signify much, conside...
by barney
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3243

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

"Les Troyens" in this set is anything but stellar. It's taken from concert performances in Strasbourg, conducted by John Nelson, and the only name artist in the cast is Joyce DiDonato as Didon. Other principles are Michael Spyres as Énée and Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandre. Nelson conducted "Troy...
by barney
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike
Replies: 31
Views: 2754

Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike

Didn't I see above that the CSO rank and file are on $160,000 a year? That's a heck of a lot more than rank and file musicians in Australian orchestras, and should be a living wage. Arts support in Australia is negligible. Top tickets for Opera Australia are $300, and the company plays 11 months a y...
by barney
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring
Replies: 23
Views: 1921

Re: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring

One example from the first season of "Die Walküre," which had Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde. In Act 2, Wotan's long monologue confides to his daughter, who is his alter ego, how things have gone so badly that he will have to sacrifice his son's life. This is one of the key sc...
by barney
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet
Replies: 14
Views: 2317

Re: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet

maestrob wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:14 pm
Barney! What a good memory you have..... :!:

Thank you Brian. Just part of my general genius!
Actually, the first 6 CDs in my catalogue.
by barney
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Re: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:42 pm
John F wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 am
That's just silly. All this is about getting money for La Scala, nothing more high-minded than that.
Wonder if Jared Corey Kushner is invilved! Regards, Len :lol:
Well observed Len. Of course he is! The silent middle man, via Russia. :D
by barney
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet
Replies: 14
Views: 2317

Re: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet

I have everything Kleiber junior ever recorded for labels now owned by Universal. Yes, disappointly few, Sue. I bought my first CD player on November 27, 1987 - I know that because I bought my first six CDs from the same shop the same day. I'm pleased to say the same shop is still thriving. 1. J.S. ...
by barney
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 3152

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

I did love that Morecambe and Wise Grieg piano concerto - watched it twice! Sadly, didn't get to the part where the banjos have to play quietly.
Thanks.
by barney
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101
Replies: 9
Views: 2971

Re: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101

Din Giovanni. How utterly wonderful! My opera-rejecting children would agree.
by barney
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

The protagonist was sung by John Packard who was a semi-finalist in my competition. Brian don't remember Packard-only Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen-my memory is shot. Regards, Len We'll also be seeing this while down there: SCALIA/GINSBURG, composer Derrick Wang's comedy about the unlikely friends...
by barney
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2669

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

My question was pertaining to the individual boxed sets of the "Century Editions" were all included in the big 91-CD set. There were FIVE individual boxed sets within the LP-sized box and were the same periods sold separately for those who did not want- or could not afford to have the jumbo set. I ...
by barney
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2669

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

Belle wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:44 pm
barney wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:19 pm
so what was the question?
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.
:lol:
Very quick, Sue.
All threats over for now?
by barney
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 2669

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

so what was the question?
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 3368

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

I've been impressed by Yundi Li.
Both Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are highly gifted musicians, and I have enjoyed live concerts by both, whereas I haven't heard Li live. But a couple of CDs are impressive.
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"
Replies: 8
Views: 2535

Re: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"

I'm not going to bet against you on that.
Which oratorios have you most enjoyed so far? To my shame, I know only a few of them.
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Re: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game

Thanks for posting this Lenny. What do you think? I'm not sure about Pamina freeing herself and then teaching Tamino. Never sure about feminist readings of older operas. In Kaspar Holten's Meistersinger, co-production between Covent Garden, Beijing and Opera Australia, in Melbourne last November, Ev...
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 4499

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

So I played the Rubinstein/Toscanini Beethoven 3, and was not so impressed. I sometimes find Toscanini too driven and relentless, and I don't think he let Rubinstein breathe as he does in other performances.
Back to the Emperor. Today I will try to listen to the Krips recording Lance recommended.
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food. Was out this am ( Tues. 2/12 ) at 5:15 am, 11:30am, and 3:30 pm to shovel off snow. Right now, 7:00 pm 2/12 here , winds are gustin...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 1610

Re: Elisso Wirssaladze

Not until right now, Brian! :D
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 4499

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising? Not just promising, extraordinary, because Rubinstein and Toscanini never performed that concerto together. Their one collaboration was in the ...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 7738

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Well said, John F. Someguy doesn't bother me at all, and I enjoyed reading his perspective, but I think your response is compelling.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 7738

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Do I have anything to say about that, John? Of course. One, "modernism" has to do with quite a lot more than just atonality, which is a term originally coined to describe music that everyone in the world would now recognize as being tonal. And even if "atonality" can be supplied some reasonable con...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 4499

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising?
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 4499

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Yes, I have that set, Brian. It is really fine. One of the first versions I really loved was the Leitner/Kempff, and later I got to love the Van Kempen, which might be more poetic, but less "authoritative". I'm sorry to say, I don't really know the Peter Raabe. I didn't play it when I got the set be...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

The wines look very classy, Sue. I love the logo. The prices are beyond my daily tippling, by and large.
I hear of major fire threats to the Hunter Valley. I hope the Blue Mountains are ok? We had blessed rain today and a top of about 22 Celsius.
by barney
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 4499

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

My collection contains more than 50 accounts of the Emperor, though I am sure that pales into insignificance compared with Lance. So it's almost impossible to single out favourites. Nevertheless, I am going to nominate Wilhelm Kempff, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Brendel, Emil Gilels and Clifford Curzon.
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Well I'm patriotically glad you are drinking Australian. South-Eastern, I have to say, is scraping the bottom of the barrel (not literally) because the grapes aren't even sourced by state. It's obviously drawn from the overflow from a variety of vineyards. But in the serendipity of these things, it ...
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tanglewood expansion
Replies: 1
Views: 1130

Re: Tanglewood expansion

It sounds great. Wonderful that people have this sort of ambition.
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sue, how awful. Terrifying. I just looked up watoday, and it seems the firefighters have stopped the onslaught but have not brought it under control. When I insulted Ben Ean moselle, I did not intend to insult your son, obviously, especially as he wasn't making it. Lindemans have been a major label ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I know almost nothing of Hunter Valley wines. Not because they are less good - obviously very fine wines emerge from the region - but because you can't specialise everywhere. I know far more about the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, and some West Aus...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Fascinating stuff, Sue. When I was young ,40 years ago, Ben Ean moselle was Australia's biggest selling white wine. It was very sweet and sticky, and appropriate for 1980. I loathed it - always went for dry wines. But I presume your son has taken over that vineyard? I like the sound of reviving the ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 5183

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

People my age in Australia got their university education free! No longer of course; students take on crippling debt. And when I began my PhD in 1993, all tuition was on a scholarship.
We were certainly the lucky generation, as our children constantly remind us.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD
Replies: 6
Views: 2322

Re: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD

Well Lance, your recommendations are pretty good. I might see if I can follow this up.
BTW, I got a Christmas card email from Goran Filipec. Really kind.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 23058

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Lance, you have such a soft heart! :D And we love you for it.