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by barney
Tue May 21, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 9
Views: 78

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: 9
Views: 78

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: 9
Views: 78

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: 145

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: 320

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: 320

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: 250

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: 320

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: 250

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: 260

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...
by barney
Sun May 12, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd
Replies: 8
Views: 250

Re: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd

another review, in the Sydney Morning Herald Khatia​ Buniatishvili's​ Schubert-playing is revolutionary, and I can't decide whether it is courageous or utterly self-indulgent. The brilliant young Georgian pianist reminds me of Glenn Gould's Beethoven, where his highly idiosyncratic approach brought ...
by barney
Wed May 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3719

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

So it's today Belle. All the very best with it. :D
by barney
Sun May 05, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 57
Views: 2033

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Fascinating article. Thanks for posting it.
by barney
Sat May 04, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3719

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Belle wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 5:16 pm
Thanks for your good wishes. The pressure is ramping up because my program is this Thursday.
Ah plenty of time. You will doubtless start preparing on Wednesday afternoon? Or don't prepare any comments, just questions, leaving the work to the audience... :D
by barney
Fri May 03, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 14
Views: 2527

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

That Baker-Cotrubas-Bopwman-Cuenod-Leppard Calisto has just been re-released on the ultra-budget Australian label Decca Eloquence. It is sitting on my desk still in its cellophane. Also released was L'Ormindo,another Cavalli opera, also conducted by Leppard.
by barney
Fri May 03, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3719

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Excellent anecdote. I did have that recording of which you speak on LP - but it was discarded when warped (along with many others) after being left in the car in the summer heat when we moved out of Sydney in November, 1979. Just over 3 years later along came CDs so I was able to resume talking to ...
by barney
Thu May 02, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Discovering clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer!
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Discovering clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer!

Didn't Andreas become principal clarinet of the BPO at 21? Even now, he's barely 30. I really enjoyed his collaboration with Wang. He's just been to Australia, but only to the "minor" cities of Perth and Adelaide for some reason.
by barney
Thu May 02, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Starting times for concerts

In Melbourne, another factor is that the concert-going population is increasingly elderly. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which usually does three concerts of each program has either Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, or Friday and Saturday nights (8pm) and 6.30pm on Mondays. My subscription i...
by barney
Thu May 02, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky

Thanks, you are too kind. The Lugansky was a real highlight - superb performance by all forces and the hall, the Rudolphinum, is remarkable too. The conductor was Tomas Netopil, a new name to me, but very fine on the podium. Energetic but also sensitive and delicate as required. The wonderful openin...
by barney
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky

My wife and I are about an hour back from a month in Europe, one of the great highlights of which was Lugansky doing Beethoven 4 with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague. Amazing!
by barney
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Procrastinator
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

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: 2320

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: 2320

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: 4434

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: 2320

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: 2320

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: 994

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: 5781

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: 994

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: 5781

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: 5781

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: 940

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: 5438

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: 5781

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: 5781

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: 5781

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: 5781

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: 5438

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: 3313

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: 3040

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: 1384

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: 3040

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: 4200

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: 3559

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: 4845

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: 3189

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: 3189

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: 3189

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: 4169

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: 2977

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.