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by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

PS, she was a very gifted pianist, who won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in the 1950s, but once she had children retired to teaching.
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

My mother was in a different country, New Zealand. We asked her to live with us, as did my sister with her, but her life and friends were there. My sister was with her at the end, and warned me to come fast. I flew in the next morning, but she died as my plane was landing. Like you two, another near...
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father

Wow, good thing you're not angry! :D I wouldn't like to see you get passionate. Can I just note that Marsalis may not have had Trump in mind. It's a reasonable interpretation but not a necessary one, because the context is his dad. Second, I'm not the enemy. We've often agreed on this forum, and I s...
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

All true, and all very worrying.
It's often said that civil liberties are hard-won and easily lost.
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Everything PAGANINI - first time on CD!
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Everything PAGANINI - first time on CD!

It looks excellent, Lance. Great range of historical recordings, and of course I know Accardo.
Find the list of performances here:
https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/p ... te-edition

Most of the others are unknown to me - what are the performances like?
by barney
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting timely article by pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Interesting timely article by pianist Stephen Hough

What a lovely writer Stephen Hough is, along with being one of the greatest pianists of this generation. I have to say, I feel a bit as he does, somewhat liberated by the collapse of commitments, but that's because I have enough money to survive, mostly thanks to being older. It's obviously utterly ...
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Festival cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Bayreuth Festival cancelled

THEHORN wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Oh weh ! Beckmesser's revenge !
:lol:
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic

Also, Brian, her comment about being happy to be able to play badly! :D
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some wonderful recordings from Nikolai Lugansky!
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Some wonderful recordings from Nikolai Lugansky!

I had the good fortune to hear him live in Prague last year, where he did a sumptuous Beethoven 4. Wonderful pianist, and the Czech Philharmonic are no slouches either.
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

Of course, Len. When I said I can see both sides, I mean the question of wanting staff who reflect the organisation's values. When it comes to treating all patients alike, that is a core value that should be beyond question, and I read this as being the Mayor's concern.
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not the United States: China's out to trump the 'Chinese virus' tag
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Not the United States: China's out to trump the 'Chinese virus' tag

What a vile government China has. Their typical bullying and intimidation of their own citizens made the worldwide crisis vastly worse. I hope no one is fooled by this.
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father

A very interesting sentiment, Sue. But I can't help feeling that someone without a pugilistic ignorance might have got the US much better prepared and saved thousands and thousands of lives. Someone who listened to advice, who didn't react totally out of his grandiloquent ego, who didn't deny until ...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

I can see both sides of this one. It's reasonable for a Christian organisation to wish for its staff not to speak against its values. But there are plenty of LGBT Christians who share the founding principles, and should be entitled to be employed. I'm not sure if they are or not. But to have to hire...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

But if you are a Christian and concerned about moral principles, as your post implies, how can you overlook how grotesque this man is, and how divisive? It's his own version of woke politics, and very destructive. Barney and talking about religion I just learned about this-afaiac this is religion a...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic

That's fascinating. Thanks for posting Lenny. I never heard of the violinist who has commissioned 16 pieces and is paying $500 per 30 seconds. If each work is 10 minutes, that's$20,000 per work and $320,000 for the project. She must have pots of money, but it's a tremendously generous project. I als...
by barney
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

The people on my side of the political divide have been calling out the lack of moral standards in the country for years. For years, I cared about foreign policy more than anything else when it came to choosing candidates and a party. But that has changed in recent years. What's happened to the cul...
by barney
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Re: Trump damages national soul

Yes, our nation's soul has been damaged for a long time, and it's didn't happen because of Trump. I'm sure you are right, Barry. But he's made it a heck of a lot sicker, for the reasons outlined above. Really, he never matured above the toddler stage. All he wants is praise and gratitude, every iss...
by barney
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 38
Views: 957

Trump damages national soul

For me, this article nails it. Why Donald Trump is a threat to the United States’ spiritual well-being John J. Thatamanil Posted Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12:24pm Many Americans are beginning to realise that President Donald Trump poses a grave threat to public health and well-being. Thankfully, public healt...
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo out of hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Domingo out of hospital

Excellent news. 79, isn't he? Right in the most dangerous group.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fatal LA choir practice
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Fatal LA choir practice

Good article. Thanks for posting.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled

Sad but inevitable.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2544

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Thank you. Fine looking group of people.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: More of John W. Francis

I'm half way through,but have to stop for now. Really fascinating stuff. Thanks again.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained

He's the village idiot who reached rock bottom, then started to dig. Every week he finds a new low.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained

It staggers me that there are people who defend Trump on this and say he is doing a good job. It can only be because of partisan politics. But the criticism is not partisan, it is because so many Americans are going to die who need not have. Neither Democrat nor Republican should think that's a good...
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2544

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Who are the people in those pix, besides Lance? It's always nice to put faces to names. :D
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Domingo in hospital

Indeed, I join you in that hope. Obviously took a turn for the worse.
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!

Trump has one certainty in life: he's a genius, and nothing is ever his fault. If anything, it's our fault for failing to recognise how amazingly brilliant he is. No wonder he is flailing around blaming everyone else. What staggers the watching world is how many Americans fall for it. Sorry that's t...
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 19
Views: 1036

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

It's certainly passed into musical folk lore. I see no reason to doubt it.
In the film, which I enjoyed greatly sort of against my will, the concert is the night Stalin dies. Which is also, famously, the night Prokofiev dies.
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: More of John W. Francis

Thank you Kjell. I would love to watch this. Alas, your link is not live. Can you have another go?
by barney
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

Thanks for posting that, Barry. It does seem to match the facts better - at least, so far. And Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world, so you'd expect that if anywhere was going to have casualties at that rate it would be Italy.
by barney
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie Mutter has coronavirus
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: Anne Sophie Mutter has coronavirus

I interviewed her once. She was among the most sweet, helpful and open musicians I have dealt with. I really hope it is as smooth for her as possible.
by barney
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When it hits close to home
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: When it hits close to home

That's truly awful, I am so sorry to hear that. What a terrible situation.
In Australia we can still have funerals but no more than 10 may attend, so long as they observe social distancing. There are not many who would be mourned by only 10, but I believe the Government is right.
by barney
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pro-Trump group demands TV stations stop airing liberal super PAC ad
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Pro-Trump group demands TV stations stop airing liberal super PAC ad

I've seen the ad, and it is very effective. But if it's not true that he called it a hoax then they should amend the ad. There's plenty of really stupid stuff he's said they can use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkMwvmJLnc0
by barney
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's colossal love
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Trump's colossal love

From The Guardian No greater love hath Trump than to lay down your life for his re-election Richard Wolffe Only a once-in-a-century leader has the guts to say out loud what the worst among us are really thinking: everyone other than me is expendable Donald Trump isn’t much of a doctor or scientist. ...
by barney
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mitch please
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Mitch please

Fascinating article in NYT about a new book that lashes Mitch McConnell, but also has quite a few slaps for the Democrats. ‘Mitch, Please!’ Tours Kentucky and Roasts a Senator By Dwight Garner March 23, 2020 When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate comm...
by barney
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Covid19: a hint of optimism
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Covid19: a hint of optimism

I'm sure those 17-year-olds are grateful for your common sense and compassion. I agree, the world must look very stark to them. We brought up four children on one income. We are ok financially in this mess only because of our stage of life. If this had happened 25 years ago we would have been devast...
by barney
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Covid19: a hint of optimism
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Covid19: a hint of optimism

Forgive me if this is self-indulgent, but all the news is so negative I felt I should post my recent column from the Sunday Age. Because the link is behind a paywall, I put the text below. I will be interested if anyone agrees that my optimism is justified, because I've had a couple of comments that...
by barney
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2544

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

which is disappointing when I already missed John Francis and our own music group here is suspended). No doubt there will be cheering that Placido Domingo has Covid-19. Belle your comments are just ridiculous-when Trump was elected John said he no longer considered himself an American-no one felt m...
by barney
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 641

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

which is disappointing when I already missed John Francis and our own music group here is suspended). No doubt there will be cheering that Placido Domingo has Covid-19. Belle your comments are just ridiculous-when Trump was elected John said he no longer considered himself an American-no one felt m...
by barney
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Illinois Gov. tweets Donald Trump: 'Get off Twitter & do your job!'
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Illinois Gov. tweets Donald Trump: 'Get off Twitter & do your job!'

"Get off Twitter and do your job." That's it in a nutshell. Here's hoping, but not much.
by barney
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1580

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

But don't hold your breath. Just be happy that for the time being you still have breath to hold. Good point. I couldn't rant in the Corner Pub without breath. When someone asks how I'm going, I often reply "Still breathing in and out". "Just as well," they say, and I agree. I can't hold my breath f...
by barney
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1580

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

Barry, it's not one error of judgment, made after careful thought. You don't need me to rehearse the process with you, but it began with this imbecile seeing the virus as a Democrat plot against him. An error of judgment is what a normal, rational person does, implicitly after some level of contempl...
by barney
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 633

Re: Domingo has coronavirus

Well, I'm sad to hear that, and I hope he recovers well.
by barney
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China
Replies: 22
Views: 1580

Re: The Imperative of Hard Decoupling from China

Been away a couple of days. I entirely agree with Barry that China is a hostile state which has plundered the West for decades and is utterly untrustworthy, that it is not a responsible 21st century global citizen, and that it is imperative that we learn to decouple. I entirely agree with Jserraglio...
by barney
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths
Replies: 39
Views: 2517

Re: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths

Isn't that insider trading? Do you think there will be any repercussions?
by barney
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths
Replies: 39
Views: 2517

Re: NY TIMES: Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths

Why the hell publish a story with the title: Worst Case Estimates for US Coronavirus What sort of journalism is this? Certainly not responsible in any way ... Thank you. That was my exact reaction when I heard about that at first. There are obviously those who think we should go on with the level o...
by barney
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist/composer Conrad Tao
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: Pianist/composer Conrad Tao

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:38 pm
More Tao ( 16 minutes) playing Rzewski's "Which Side Are You On " from "Four North American Ballads" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euppwaLbByA
Yes, this is on American Rage. Isn't it outstanding?
by barney
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Disconcerted: A Music Critic’s Empty Nights
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Disconcerted: A Music Critic’s Empty Nights

I agree. When I was in my 20s I preferred to buy LPs, then CDs, on the grounds I would have them forever. But I quickly realised I was mistaken. Robert Levin gave a fascinating speech at a Melbourne concert in 1996. He observed first that most of us would have heard Mozart's concertos many times mor...