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by barney
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

So, two awful alternatives. A bigger war in Syria that might go on and on, if the Syrian Army joins the Kurds, or a reshaping of power relationships to which the Kurds have to accommodate themselves, in which all the players are deeply unpleasant. And an utter loss of face and influence for the US i...
by barney
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

New Yorker had a nice cartoon of that quartet. One of them is working a puppet Trump, while another is saying "my turn now".
Very telling.
by barney
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe

Yes Len, riveting reading. I really enjoyed it (as well as learning a great deal). Thanks.
What a character Zita was. And a tragic life, because it was dedicated to a chimera, the return of the Habsburgs.
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Trump looking for new Homeland Security Dept chief tonite

Another abject failure of executive power to be propagated into competent administration. Little wonder our allies have thrown up their hands in despair of ever finding anyone at Foggy Bottom in charge of actual policy. Meantime Bill Barr considers it seemly for the Atty General to meet with right-...
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

There are, of course, many people in the world as unpleasant as Trump, such as Putin or Columbian drug lords. And they have an effect on my world too. But nothing like the same extent. It is hard to watch helplessly as Trump undermines the assumptions, understandings and systems that have shaped my ...
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4917

Re: Standards for New Music

Just got Conrad Tao's American Rage, with two works by Rzewski. Winnsboro Cotton Mills Blues strikes me as quite brilliant. Haven't listened to the other yet - Which Side Are You On? Also Copland piano sonata - beautifully played - and Julia Wolfe's Compassion, composed after 9/11, which I have yet ...
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Sadly, we are long past the stage of 'marriage counseling' where reflection and healing might attend upon an amicable settlement of differences. The resolution of the coming conflict, if and when it occurs, is unlikely to be a no-fault separation, but instead much more like a nasty and recriminator...
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

PS, yes, I do feel better now. thanks.
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I don't trust Trump and I'm sure Morrison doesn't either. Nor does he trust the Chinese. On a scale of atrocities China beats anything the USA has ever done or could ever do and yet we're expected to 'kid glove' China and despise Donald Trump. I cannot do double standards myself. The Gladys Lui epi...
by barney
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Your last sentence partly explains the problem; my son turned up with references from 4 German au pairs they had working for them. All glowing references and very moving tributes to our son. The magistrate (at the FVRO hearing) said, " because of my workload I haven't been able to read these, so I'...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Congratulations! You seem to be making some headway. I hope it continues. The wheel that squeaks the most - gets the grease! Very interesting comments about Rimsky-Korsakov. Well, they did mention the holiday today and did play a few additional selections, namely: another short work by Salamone Ros...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4917

Re: Standards for New Music

Just a reminder that there are listeners for whom new music is not too much effort but an instantaneous joy. There are few of those listeners on this particular board (one?), but those listeners do exist, listeners who actively seek out music they've never heard before (the model of listening that ...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: The operas of Handel

I long admired Marilyn Horne: what a voice and capacity for vocal gymnastics that woman had! And vocal gymnastics are part of Handelian opera; they were virtuosic display pieces and they are certainly that. I take your point, Barney, about the Da Capo aria; all well and good if you liked the piece ...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Thanks for posting that, Joseph. According to an article in Australian press, his rock-solid supporters in Pennsylvania and the like are not even interested, let alone concerned, so I hope you are right.
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Sue wrote: Why are either of those labels, or any others, even necessary? We're all human beings. That's the trouble when grievance groups start getting into contests over who has the greater grievance. Men have probably treated women worse than the reverse over the eons, it is true, but this doesn'...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Sue, I was impressed by Morrison's first months. I thought he was deft and as centrist as he could be. But I think his handling of the US relationship has been awkward, inept and very much not in Australia's interests. He has come across as a toady, lickspittle and suck, who will agree with everyth...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Of course both sexes are equal in being capable of the worst behaviors. I am not disputing that. The issue is one of proportion. I am suggesting that men engage in pernicious behaviors to a far greater extent than do women, but for a variety of socio-political reasons that have little to do with ge...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Trump's betrayal of the Kurds will reignite suspicions that Trump is Putin's 'Siberian Candidate'. Russia is reportedly preparing to attack the Kurds from the south in coordination with Turkish air and ground forces from the north (source: WAPO's David Ignatius). Turkey is a huge deal. Trump now wi...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

1936, wasn't it. The news is worse, I'm afraid; my son will get to meet your President when he visits Australia (as he does other international leaders)! This comment might appeal to you; it was written under an item in "The Australian" this morning about this very topic: Donald is a bull in a chin...
by barney
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Sue, I was impressed by Morrison's first months. I thought he was deft and as centrist as he could be. But I think his handling of the US relationship has been awkward, inept and very much not in Australia's interests. He has come across as a toady, lickspittle and suck, who will agree with everythi...
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I'm interested that only Lenny of our American posters has said anything. Is that because of Trump-fatigue, or because you think I am wrong?
It has to be quite an issue in the US if even Republicans are condemning it, does it not?
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: The operas of Handel

PS - I think I was sent that Serse, and didn't get round to opening it. :(I will try to find it amid the piles on the desk, floor, around the turntable, beside the CD shelves etc.
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: The operas of Handel

Thanks Brian I admire Bartoli immensely, and have very many of her CDs, from complete operas to her themed recitals, such as Sacrificium. I also heard her when she came to Melbourne a few years ago. Astounding flexibility and technique, great presence, but not actually a large voice. Of course I won...
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?

It's also extremely off putting to those distracted by the light from the phone. A year or two ago, at the end of the first work at a concert, I asked a woman in front of me to put her phone away because it was distracting - she was texting - and at interval half a dozen people thanked me. I was not...
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: The operas of Handel

Alas, the magic eludes me. I quickly find them tedious. Long da capo arias, and no forward momentum. I remember an Opera Australia Julius Caesar where each singer would sing the aria, turn to walk off stage, then wheel about as if struck by a new thought, and sing it again. For me, baroque opera is ...
by barney
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I wish you were right, Sue. But we are cravenly not staying out of it. Scott Morrison should be protecting Alexander Downer, who correctly reported on his London discussions, not subserviently offering him up. What the article below suggests is what I fear. We have invested a lot in the American rel...
by barney
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

You are right, of course, Sue - he may back down. But that he has proposed abandoning his best, most loyal allies in the Syrian war in favour of a thuggish authoritarian who wants to wipe them out confirms my belief that not only does he have no honour, he hasn't the slightest concept of what honour...
by barney
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Vile betrayal by vile man

Trump is abandoning the Kurds, allies America promised to protect and who did the heavy lifting against ISIS, to ethnic cleansing by Turkey. This beggars belief. Who would ever trust the Americans again? And Trump boasts of his "great and unmatched wisdom". I can scarcely think of a human being thro...
by barney
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19629

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Still, it's a real point. The vast majority of domestic violence is men against women, and the vast majority of women don't invent stories about it. But if 10% do, that should not be removed from discussion - it is clearly a factor to be taken into account.
by barney
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4917

Re: Standards for New Music

In many cases, only repeated hearings will enable you to decide if you like a new work or not . And if one initially doesn't like a work, you should be willing to give it repeated hearing,s because you could begin to like it more this way . That wasn't Rossini's motto. He reportedly said "it is imp...
by barney
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera

Is sex still legal? I don't think it is in the UK without the proper consent forms signed and witnessed in triplicate! :lol: Very good. It's certainly not legal at American universities. I read somewhere, and am still not sure if it's a parody, that there were guidelines instructing students to ask...
by barney
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

To which I'd add Wilhelm Kempff with Ferdinand Leitner, though some prefer an earlier set with Paul van Kampen, and Claudio Arrau.
by barney
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography

Which, of course, was one of the great festivals in Australian history. I was there for some of it, including The Fiery Angel and Schiff doing the Well-Tempered Clavier over two nights.
by barney
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

I was sent a fine memorial from, of all places, Melbourne which ran in The American Conservative. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/remembering-jessye-norman-voice-of-a-world-weary-angel/ Remembering Jessye Norman, Voice of a World-Weary Angel One of the great post-war classical singe...
by barney
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography

diegobueno wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:44 pm
Sounds like movie material. They could call it The Harpsichordist.
Very good! I like it.
Lenny posted about this on September 14. It appears to be required reading.

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by barney
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura Skoda
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Paul Badura Skoda

A surprising number of pianists have performed well into old age, as well as conductors. Many people would have been in full time care for decades before they turned 91. I've often thought about this and wondered what it is about music which allows the memory of details to keep working, not to ment...
by barney
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live

Philip M wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:02 am
Alina is married to Tom Service (those who listen to Radio 3 will know of Tom)
He also writes for the Guardian, iirc. I had no idea of the marriage though.
by barney
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

I enjoy Beethoven 7 more than his 3,5,9. But,overall, if I get just one composer's works on that desert island,it's Brahms. What an impossible decision; choosing one of these over the other!! The least of the Beethoven symphonies I listen to these days: 1, 5 and 8, and I've pared down my hearing of...
by barney
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3400

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I think you are both right. The UN's agencies do some great work, although other aid agencies generally criticise them (I have heard) for various things, including living too well in developing countries or in emergency situations. And even with the posturing which so irritates many people, often in...
by barney
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 2551

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

Well, I have to say, I regard that as intelligent by the Prime Minister. China has really been irritated with us (Australia) lately. All sorts of tensions, including Huawei. Here is a flattering and soothing message which costs nothing, commits us to nothing, but sounds good. Well done.
by barney
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: She’s Rising From the Depths of Soviet Music History
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: She’s Rising From the Depths of Soviet Music History

I didn't know any of this. Thanks for posting; it's fascinating.
by barney
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

One of the great singers of the second half of the 20th century.
Thanks, Jessye.
by barney
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

Klemperer's recordings of Mozart symphonies in the 1950s are not noticeably slow by the standards of the time, though nowadays the HIP crowd race through them as if to catch the train home. I don't agree about the speed of HIP recordings. Don't confuse those musicians with Martha Argerich!! :mrgree...
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3400

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I think you'll find it's the UN itself which is patronizing Greta Thunberg for the most cynical reasons imaginable. Pulling at the heartstrings and emotional manipulation of the worst kind. Actually, I find that to be both untrue of and unfair to the UN (cf. the UN's Melissa Fleming's inspiring boo...
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 3400

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

One thing is for sure; I don't want to continue this discussion until it becomes acrimonious. I'm a firm believer that you can like and respect decent people who have very different political opinions from your own. I entirely agree in theory. I just find in practice that those who have very differ...
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5780
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: 1 Tishrei 5780

Hear, hear. Beautifully expressed.
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

Remind me of the Neil Perry remark? Keating got stuck into Perry and has cohort calling them "bog standard restaurateurs and pavenus"!!! People were thunderstruck!! That snuck by me at the time. But, for my 60th birthday, we went to Rockpool, Perry's Melbourne restaurant. More than $300 for the two...
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

Klemperer's recordings of Mozart symphonies in the 1950s are not noticeably slow by the standards of the time, though nowadays the HIP crowd race through them as if to catch the train home. I don't agree about the speed of HIP recordings. Don't confuse those musicians with Martha Argerich!! :mrgree...
by barney
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

Klemperer's recordings of Mozart symphonies in the 1950s are not noticeably slow by the standards of the time, though nowadays the HIP crowd race through them as if to catch the train home. Agreed. To me, the music has to breathe. When musicians are struggling just to get the notes, that is missing...