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by barney
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Disappointing Kosky Magic Flute Mostly Mozart Festival Turned Into a Comic Book
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: Tonight's Disappointing Kosky Magic Flute Mostly Mozart Festival Turned Into a Comic Book

I've got a lot of time for Barrie Koskie as a thinker about opera; alas, less so for some of his his productions. That said, the only one I've actually seen live, Shostakovich's The Nose, I enjoyed hugely. The criticism is about what's reported - not necessarily entirely accurate. In an interview wi...
by barney
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: White House Counselor Kellyann Conway asks reporter, "What is your ethnicity?"
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: White House Counselor Kellyann Conway asks reporter, "What is your ethnicity?"

Not sure about that one. A lot of kings have spent a lot of time in the company of courtesans.
by barney
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 470

Re: Castrato voice

Also John, a slight correction to your statement about sex necessarily being open to procreation. This is certainly a Catholic doctrine, but I don't know of any Protestant denomination that holds to it. As far as I know, Protestant churches recognise that conjugal relations are a proper good for th...
by barney
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snowball the dancing parrot
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Snowball the dancing parrot

He sounds remarkably like some sopranos I've heard, and definitely moves better.
by barney
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 470

Re: Castrato voice

Also John, a slight correction to your statement about sex necessarily being open to procreation. This is certainly a Catholic doctrine, but I don't know of any Protestant denomination that holds to it. As far as I know, Protestant churches recognise that conjugal relations are a proper good for the...
by barney
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where Shakespeare lived
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Where Shakespeare lived

Thanks for posting this, JohnF. I love this sort of historical detective work - if I had my life again, I might be an archaeologist. The apparently speculative nature re Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth just adds to the fun.
by barney
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

You should try to see the Imitation Game, the film mentioned in the article. I think it was pretty good. It is (fortunately) unimaginable today how sordid and secret this part of gays' lives had to be as recently as Turing's time.
by barney
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Public libraries: more than just books
Replies: 4
Views: 1657

Re: Public libraries: more than just books

Yes, me too. From a 10-year -old (in less parent safety-conscious times) I would take the cable car into the city most Friday evenings, visit the Wellington Public Library (an excellent library), with the special treat of buying a dill cucumber at the delicatessen on the way home (both new to Wellin...
by barney
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato

Sorry, careless of me. Otello, not Macbeth. Not sure how I got that wrong. I don't imagine Solti took it too well when the record executive told him Pavarotti sold more records. It was also interesting to me to hear that both sides did their own editing, simply replacing each other's versions until ...
by barney
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato

Most enjoyable article from Gramophone about the titanic struggle between Solti and Pavarotti in recording Macbeth. Big Lucy won. I love the quote that I have used as the title: ‘Every ensemble, according to Pavarotti, was a tenor aria with everyone else an obbligato in the background’ Working with ...
by barney
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: Tourists are welcome here
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: New York: Tourists are welcome here

No, not the ones that are struggling but sort of holding it together. But the rung below were visible. For example, there were always beggars at the Port Authority. I admired them because they didn't just sit there but did things like open the door for people. Obviously they were hoping for a quarte...
by barney
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure I trust the Democrats much either. Trump has set the bar so low for a president in terms of integrity, honesty, consistency and personal behaviour that I'm not sure the office of President will ever quite be the same. Maybe I'm just pessimistic. I certainly don't ...
by barney
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: Tourists are welcome here
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: New York: Tourists are welcome here

Quite right, John. In fact I hear Manhattan is going to require a passport to enter from Brooklyn!
As I've said many times, I think New York is a fantastic city. I wouldn't want to be poor there, though (or any big city for that matter).
by barney
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald and the Admin dissed in UK ambassador's dispatches
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Donald and the Admin dissed in UK ambassador's dispatches

"Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party in the U.K., tweeted on Sunday, "Kim Darroch is totally unsuitable for the job and the sooner he is gone the better." Yes, telling the truth was never a strong point for Farage. Much better to have a lickspittle and toady like Farage himself. At one point at...
by barney
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

True. But one thing seems very likely, Len - he will leave the White House richer than he entered it (having secured a pardon in advance if the next President is a Republican).
by barney
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

When it comes to sex, there is no such thing as too much or too many. Not sure where you are heading with this. Sure, people can call themselves what they want, who cares? I can call myself a billionaire, but it's not grounded in reality. Is your point that people can call themselves what they want...
by barney
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4654

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

That is such an interesting article. Thanks for posting it. I know that because of its history the US' special demon is racism. But of course it is found everywhere, in every community. Japan, China, India, Australia, everywhere. It's certainly not merely a white, Western disease. In Australia I hav...
by barney
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'll call her "she". But I'm not using some totally new term as though, as the queer orthodoxy has it, there are some 50 genders out there. When in fact there are less than a dozen. According to Facebook, there are now 71. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10930654/Facebooks-71-gender...
by barney
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

Further to the above, it is very sad that the issue has been taken up by both sides and made a central battle in the culture wars. No one wins when that happens, and the stakes become very high. The worst thing is when proponents on both sides say, in effect: "I agree vehemently with your right to a...
by barney
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'm an advocate for freedom of speech All speech? Including hate speech, libel, conspiracy to commit criminal acts, betrayal of vital military secrets to an enemy nation in time of war? Just for starters. Nowhere in the world is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional, nor should it be. My con...
by barney
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 576

transphobia: you swine, all of you

From the Spectator, another account of scarcely believable identity tripe. If you are a man (or a lesbian) who likes sex with women with the normal female equipment but won't have sex with a trans-woman who has a penis, then you are a bigot who is causing mental harm to men who identify as women but...
by barney
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruch violin concerto no conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Bruch violin concerto no conductor

Of course the conductor was there, Len. He was just at the very back of the hall so he could get the audience perspective. Didn't you notice the night-vision binoculars the orchestra were wearing so they could see him in the darkened auditorium? Barney is this some sort of Fake News? Regards, Len :...
by barney
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crisis of the Left
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Crisis of the Left

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:50 am
jserraglio wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:15 am

And there's probably more. Round of applause for Donald, please.
Well afaiac that's neither HAIR nor there! Regards, Len :lol:
OOOooh! Dreadful. Why weren't you fleeing as you posted that?
by barney
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crisis of the Left
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Crisis of the Left

yeah but it's just not enough-he's a crook, a liar, a rapist . . . there's probably more. Yes, but how about some recognition for the man's accomplishments? War of 1776/1812 historian Nimble Arabian sword dancer Military tactician Ad-libber extraordinaire Electoral College strategist Twitter wizard...
by barney
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A ‘Tosca’ Makes Room for Two Prima Donnas
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: A ‘Tosca’ Makes Room for Two Prima Donnas

I wonder whether they'd like to stage my "Tosca in the Shower". The score is heavily truncated, and the notes are right only by accident, but art is art!
by barney
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruch violin concerto no conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Bruch violin concerto no conductor

Of course the conductor was there, Len. He was just at the very back of the hall so he could get the audience perspective. Didn't you notice the night-vision binoculars the orchestra were wearing so they could see him in the darkened auditorium?
by barney
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crisis of the Left
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Crisis of the Left

As a resident of USA's "fly-over country", I'm sympathetic to some of the author's observations, especially about certain of what we call here " Left Coast " and " East Boast " attitudes, but her classifications of Trump voters, and summary of Trump himself,are too simplistic,and a reaction to her ...
by barney
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crisis of the Left
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Crisis of the Left

Actually, I don't find his two female paragons of the left particularly attractive either. They have all the smug certainties of youth. they'll learn. Hard left and hard right often seem two peas in a pod - an observation, surprisingly, that might have been made before.
by barney
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 1141

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

It's another example of identity politics, which we have been discussing in a few threads in the pub. This Lebanese chap is categorically racist, consciously so, and rushing to embrace victimhood status. It seems to me just a way of trying to get his work performed because of who he is, not because ...
by barney
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 754

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

I love the transcriptions too, especially the Schubert songs and the opera paraphrases. I have many accounts, but the main one is the huge box set of the complete Liszt by Leslie Howard (about 100 CDs). What's amusing about that is no sooner was it released than supplementary volumes began to appear...
by barney
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4654

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

Much worse. Tricky Dicky was sneaky, a liar, a fraud, but he wasn't an infantile narcissist prepared to destroy anything for the sake of his ego. I wasn't a huge fan of George Dubya in his time but, crikey, he looks good now. Barney couldn't agree with you more-how sad we didn't get Hillary in 2016...
by barney
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem
Replies: 11
Views: 428

Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Australia's national anthem has been quite controversial, especially with the nation's first people (Aborigines) for claiming we are young and free. It is Advance Australia Fair. It was made the national anthem only in 1984 (when it replaced God Save the Queen), though it had been around as a patrio...
by barney
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Quartet no. 8
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Shostakovich Quartet no. 8

I love the Shostakovich Quartets, and I think my favourite performers, over the cycle, are the Emerson Quartet (who won a Grammy and a Gramophone recording of the year for it).
by barney
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019

Quite extraordinary to hear such control and purity from a 10 year old. Brian do you know what the physical requirements are? Of course she had a microphone; she isn't going to fill the Met with sound, but who knows in 15 years? One complaint - that stupid audience rising for a standing ovation in t...
by barney
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old

But of course the definition of old, as I may have mentioned before, is someone who is 15 years older than you.
by barney
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old

Oops, oops and oops. I don't know Marilyn Manson, never heard of Jordan Peele, and don't look in the mirror to shave. I haven't shaved since 1975. I do trim my beard on clipper 1 every week at the local barber, who paid for my trims for a couple of years by letting me win several hundred dollars in ...
by barney
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!

Your post ran out at the end for me too.
by barney
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4654

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

I hear you, Len, but I feel so much cleaner after watching a movie-- like "The Bookshop" last nite. Joseph yeah-I can understand that-I'm spending so much time with this but I'm trying to figure out the best candidate to get rid of Trump-that's my top priority-he's the worst thing I've ever seen in...
by barney
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

I haven't heard Malkki, but I esteem the others.
Harding has come to Australia more than once, and I heard the new Met director while on holiday in New Zealand, of all places.
by barney
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4654

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

Very silly by Iran, in my view. Descending to Trump's level of personal abuse isn't going to help anything, and Trump is right about Iran's malign role in sponsoring terrorism.
by barney
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BoJo Britain's Trump?
Replies: 2
Views: 731

Re: BoJo Britain's Trump?

I was in the UK in April briefly, some of it in Scotland. Brexit was in the news but not in conversation. Perhaps people are brexited out. Apart from that, I agree. Tories have torn themselves apart, Corbyn certainly ought to be unelectable (I very much hope that proves so) and I see nothing but pai...
by barney
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web browsers and your privacy
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: Web browsers and your privacy

I like to keep windows open while i browse, so might have 25 open at a time. To keep it being too clunky on one browser I use Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. For example, I'm typing this on Chrome, on which I have had the Pianist and the Lobster open since yesterday waiting to read, a philosophi...
by barney
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BoJo Britain's Trump?
Replies: 2
Views: 731

BoJo Britain's Trump?

A scathing but fascinating assessment by a noted columnist for the Telegraph in London: 'When they can hide him no longer - danger will strike' By Simon Heffer June 22, 2019 — 12.05am A few months ago it seemed impossible that Boris Johnson could get even to the threshold of becoming prime minister ...
by barney
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 2458

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Thanks for that, John.
Beautiful playing - I see by Gidon Kremer.
Fascinating and very witty, but I think I would be disturbed by it in concert. It strays a long way from Beethoven! Still, maybe the odd musical shock inside one's comfort zone is not a bad thing.
by barney
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 2692

Re: Sex and Chopin

Like most men, I have no objection to attractive women, but I have zero interest in such puerile music. As you said, kitsch.
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Threats, Quid Pro Quo Harassment, & Obscene Messages: Abuse on an Operatic Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 1038

Re: Threats, Quid Pro Quo Harassment, & Obscene Messages: Abuse on an Operatic Scale

It's the usual thing in modern bureaucratic organisations, a form of Catch 22. We'll support you all the way until we have to.
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 2458

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Did Perahia actually improvise the cadenzas or did he compose them? Quite a few pianists have written their own cadenzas for Mozart's concertos, but of course that's an entirely different creative process from making up a 2-3 minute cadenza on the spur of the moment, which is what Levin does. Jon K...
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 2458

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Murray Perahia also improvised his own cadenzas, as well as gentle additions to the text, especially in the middle movements of the Mozart Concerti. I don't have scores, so can't point to specifics, but the videos I have of rehearsals that came with his Sony complete box set are fascinating to watc...
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Replies: 6
Views: 1443

Re: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Dear Barney, Thanks for the welcome. I am the old "Allen" on this board and have been here since 2003. Due to a recent technical problem on this board, I was unable to log in as "Allen" and had to apply for a new account (and change my name to "Danny"). Sorry for causing the confusion. I remember y...
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 2458

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Yes, Germans do have a sense of humor, but they don't necessarily laugh at the same things we do and vice versa. And Austrians are especially quick-witted. Back in the CompuServe Music Forum we had a Vienna-born member who knew the Tom Lehrer songs and told us of a popular Viennese cabaret performe...