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by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 17
Views: 643

Re: Australian fires

It may not always have been done with bullets, but reasonless violence has been around since Cain and Abel. I don't think that Americans are nastier than other people, they just have access to guns. How could a 15-year-old have a gun to go shooting people with. As I've said before, most of the rest ...
by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Accidents during performance

Very sweet. Thanks for posting.
by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 91

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

Any number of classical singers have sung Broadway songs as encores, and sometimes as part of the man program. José van Dam sang "Some enchanted evening";Thomas Quasthoff, "I did it my way." And this is nothing new. Great singers of the past sang ballads etc. in their concerts, and Caruso sang Geor...
by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity

Bostonians have always been confident about their abilities. In the late 19th century a Bostonian told William Gladstone that Shakespeare was "a great man. Why I doubt if there are six his equal in the whole of Boston!"
by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Chicago Symphony brass
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: The Chicago Symphony brass

I was fortunate enough to hear the CSO do Shostakovich 13 last year. I happened to be in Chicago for the season-opener. Believe me, their brass still had it.
by barney
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial backin
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial ba

I mean by that what they sometimes see as colonialism and condescension, and we see as things like human rights. My experience, personally and in reading, is that Asians are wary of being patronised - Asians in Asia, I mean, not Australia. There's little point in talking to China about human rights ...
by barney
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial backin
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial ba

It's ironic that the Western musical tradition is increasingly honoured in Asia as it declines in its own home. And this at a time when much of Asia is consciously rejecting much of the Western legacy. But I'm grateful for it.
by barney
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity

I've admired the Shostakovich cycle so far. I don't have all the CDs though.
by barney
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial backin
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial ba

I don't think the protesters have the slightest concern for the cultural institutions or the people who love them. To the protesters, they are relics of a patriarchal, racist etc oppression.
by barney
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A good grasp of US politics?
Replies: 0
Views: 63

A good grasp of US politics?

This YouTube link popped up on my computer, not sure why, but I clicked on it. I quite enjoyed his take. Apparently John Oliver is quite well known, just not to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHqyOXx ... uNtiIi%3A6
by barney
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why are Haydn’s operas so lousy?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Why are Haydn’s operas so lousy?

OK, you can have that. :D Mind you Gluck was more popular but you have outlined why - that Haydn's operas were for private audience.
by barney
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

I never saw Bugs Bunny as Leopold before. Many thanks for posting that. :)
by barney
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why are Haydn’s operas so lousy?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Why are Haydn’s operas so lousy?

Idomeneo and Clemenza are rather like Haydn's operas: they contain some beautiful set pieces, but opera seria was already on the way out. I quite like Idomeneo, but in the opera house I'd far rather see Figaro, Giovanni, Cosi, Magic Flute or Abduction, none of which has ever gone stale for me. And s...
by barney
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Madama Butterfly
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Tonight's Madama Butterfly

Surely part of the problem is the size of the Met. If I recall aright, it holds about 3800, and there is a performance most nights. Even in a city the size of New York, that's a lot of tickets to sell. Melbourne's State Theatre, which is by no means small, holds about 2100 in a city of about 5 milli...
by barney
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 17
Views: 643

Re: Australian fires

Yes, it's staggering that anyone would play with people's lives and livelihoods that way, lighting fires. Yet they do. I gather they often have some sort of pathology, but in my view they are fully responsible. After all, most of us could claim to have some sort of pathology if we gave in to it. I s...
by barney
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 17
Views: 643

Re: Australian fires

Yes, I too thank you. I live in a dead-end street that ends 50 yards away in a large native reserve, which I live, and where I walk my dogs twice a day. It is to the north west, precisely the direction from which any fire would carry embers to my house. Less than a kilometre away is a vastly bigger ...
by barney
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

If Donald Trump has been able to redraw the electoral boundaries/college to suit himself then he can expect the same thing to happen to him next time!! More than one person can play that game. I don't want to preempt our American experts, but I don't think it is Trump that has gerrymandered boundar...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

I honestly believe he would stand no chance of success in a country like Australia or Britain where national braggadocio is not a way of life. Barney do you guys have to deal with the unfair electoral college and gerrymandering-Hillary won the popular vote! Regards, Len :( No, we don't. Our elector...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

I disagree with you about American exceptionalism. The fact that enough of you voted for Trump for him to win the electoral college shows that you are at least at petty, indifferent, stupid, resentful and self-interested as the citizens of any other nation. Or even more so. But so what? Like it or ...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

Quite right; all politicians, of whatever stripe, routinely lie. As I've said before, the morality of a society runs vertically through all the strata/classes/professions/races rather than horizontally through one. Who can ever forget the immortal lines in the Stanley Donen film, " Charade ": "Why ...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

Double ouch, Barney!! I don't feel I could have gone that far in criticizing the US, which is still in my affections. Just use the short-form "deplorables" and we'll all understand. No, I explicitly do not mean that. It is more nuanced than that. But Trump brilliantly exploited the politics of divi...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Concorde
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: Concorde

Cheaper fares have made flying far more democratic. I don't want to go back to the days when only the rich could fly. And is not Melbourne-Sydney one of the world's busiest routes? You can do that for next to nothing on Tiger (which I wouldn't dream of doing because they are so unreliable) up throug...
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd

No, it's not my choice. The Ludwig for me is a bit of a curiosity. But even so, I don't mind artists trying different things, as long as it is done with integrity rather than a mere desire to shock, as in regiestheater. It's always open to me not to go or not to listen.
by barney
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Thanks, John. Fascinating.
Love the "have you nothing inbetween?" He was just 50 years too early for modern microtonal music.
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

"From yesterday, when she solemnly took the gavel in the House to usher in the impeachment of a rogue presidency until this matter is finally resolved one way or the other, the eminence grise, if not the de facto President, of our nation is Nancy Pelosi." I think you are right about this, and I also...
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Grieg brought his piano concerto to Liszt who proceeded to play it at sght, solo and orchestral parts, to Grieg's amazement. Did any other musician have this extraordinary ability?. I am sure that in Swafford's biography of Brahms there is a story where he turned up for a concert to find the piano ...
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd

In New York 'Die Winterreise' is going to be performed live by Mattei, DiDonato, and Eric Owens. What, as a trio? Dividing the songs between them? I don't mind Winterreise sung by a woman, and have Christa Ludwig's account for example. But I don't like the idea of dividing the songs because I think...
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd

I second the Hotter/Moore and Hotter/Werba choices. I also like the Fischer-Dieskau with Moore. Matthias Goerne is a fine singer, with both Graham Johnson in the fabulous Hyperion series of complete Schubert lieder and later with Alfred Brendel. My collection of 20 just went up by two with a twin ac...
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Ah well, Lance, perhaps you are wise. And after all, you do have a lifetime's supply of other candidates.
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

Wow, Lance, 70,000 LPs. I have about 1100, and I put them all on Ebay as a collection earlier this year for $1000 Australian (about $690 US). Not one nibble. A request for the catalogue of them from a US dealer, but I wasn't willing to let him cherry pick. My turntable is covered in 100 or so CDs, w...
by barney
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

People do call it racist,and indeed our Prime Minister stooped to that re Gladys Liu,but I am unquestionably with you on this.
by barney
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

How I hope you are right. But it just doesn't seem to matter, nothing affects Trump's base, and nothing he does disturbs the Republicans. They are totally corrupt in terms of the principles they abided by for decades; anything at all, so long as they stay in power. A really slimy group of people. Ex...
by barney
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Well, the Chinese are almost single-handedly keeping the Australian university system alive, coming here in droves and paying top dollars. I've no problem with that, but I have real problems with pusillanimous administrations that let Chinese authorities set the courses and have no problem with the ...
by barney
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: Gramophone

Thanks so much Mike. Yes, I have lost it for now, but I can resubscribe. It was the archive of reviews, the digital archive. I'd go to gramophone.co.uk, then click on reviews. Mystifying that there is no log in button as there is on the link you put up.
by barney
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Look up his Siegfried's funeral music on YouTube. Electrifying.
by barney
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Good on the school. China is always pushing its weight around these days. For a while it seemed it would join the civilised group of nations. But its treatment of Tibet, of Uighurs, of Falun Gong, of Christians, its organ harvesting, its 1984-style facial recognition technology and its social credit...
by barney
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Gramophone

Is anyone on this board a subscriber to Gramophone magazine? I cannot find how to log in on its home page. Four times now I have asked the Exact Editions (publisher) support team, but no one has bothered to reply. I recently cancelled my subscription in frustration - they answered that, but not the ...
by barney
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Suddenly Firefox Trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Suddenly Firefox Trouble

Thanks John. I more - or perhaps less - understood that to the extent that I am very careful about revealing details online.
by barney
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

Yes, he has clearly learned that lesson - he'd only make himself ridiculous by reacting badly. You have to smile, even through gritted teeth, and pretend to take the criticism seriously.
I say pretend, because I'm pretty sure that's what he was doing. :)
by barney
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Suddenly Firefox Trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Suddenly Firefox Trouble

Well, I'm another that didn't understand the difference between the extra s and not. I knew that some connections are secure, and that my browser will tell me or even refuse to open if they are not, but I didn't - don't - know what "secure" consists of.
by barney
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: My topic deleted.

So post it again. I'm always trying to understand support for Trump (as opposed to dislike of his opponents, such as the Clintons).
by barney
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

Fair enough. I don't know her, though obviously she has a following, but I found her every bit as "look at me, look at me" as he was. But they were both pretty quick on the banter.
by barney
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zeffirelli’s ‘La Bohème’ Returns, Brighter and Better
Replies: 1
Views: 509

Re: Zeffirelli’s ‘La Bohème’ Returns, Brighter and Better

I think it's one of the best productions I have been privileged to see. So full of colour and life, but not at the expense of the music.
by barney
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Interesting question, Lance. First, I think there's a gulf between Domingo, an old-fashioned Lothario who now seems a bit of a dinosaur but no worse than that because he took no for an answer, and Levine, an alleged paedophile and exploiter. With Levine, I am happy to play his performances myself. T...
by barney
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Re: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail

Timely to lighten the mood?
Re sewing mailbags:
Horatio Bottomley, the British independent MP jailed for fraudulent conversion in 1922, was discovered sewing mailbags by a prison visitor. “Ah Bottomley,” he remarked. “Sewing?” “No, reaping.”
by barney
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

John F wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:48 pm
Wikipedia says he died of a heart condition, but I heard that he had a drinking problem.

Don't we all? We don't get enough of it. As Oscar Wilde, who Sue just cited in another thread, rightly observed, work is the curse of the drinking classes.
by barney
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

Couldn't be bothered finishing that clip. Two graceless, charmless people, though both quick-witted. Got two thirds through.

You are right about hypocrisy. But we have to remember that it's universal and always upsetting, except when it's ourselves.
by barney
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

As Brian says, we are trying to work out the new normal. But, human psychology being what it is, people will always make and receive sexual propositions that are unwelcome. Most of us have received some sort of rebuff in our lives from someone to whom we were attracted, though I can say I never made...
by barney
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

Yes, it has become a Christmas staple, though first performed at Easter. I have attended more performances of Messiah than any other single work, I am sure - dozens of live performances. Both Jennens and Handel achieved extraordinary heights, in my view. The only times I have not enjoyed it is when ...