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by barney
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 22
Views: 274

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: 22
Views: 274

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: 22
Views: 274

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: 17
Views: 329

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: 22
Views: 291

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: 673

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: 140

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: 673

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: 1286

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: 1246

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: 1735

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: 1234

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: 1234

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: 1234

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: 1731

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: 1603

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.
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game

Thanks for posting this Lenny. What do you think? I'm not sure about Pamina freeing herself and then teaching Tamino. Never sure about feminist readings of older operas. In Kaspar Holten's Meistersinger, co-production between Covent Garden, Beijing and Opera Australia, in Melbourne last November, Ev...
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 2981

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

So I played the Rubinstein/Toscanini Beethoven 3, and was not so impressed. I sometimes find Toscanini too driven and relentless, and I don't think he let Rubinstein breathe as he does in other performances.
Back to the Emperor. Today I will try to listen to the Krips recording Lance recommended.
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food. Was out this am ( Tues. 2/12 ) at 5:15 am, 11:30am, and 3:30 pm to shovel off snow. Right now, 7:00 pm 2/12 here , winds are gustin...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 1107

Re: Elisso Wirssaladze

Not until right now, Brian! :D
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 2981

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising? Not just promising, extraordinary, because Rubinstein and Toscanini never performed that concerto together. Their one collaboration was in the ...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 5604

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Well said, John F. Someguy doesn't bother me at all, and I enjoyed reading his perspective, but I think your response is compelling.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 5604

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Do I have anything to say about that, John? Of course. One, "modernism" has to do with quite a lot more than just atonality, which is a term originally coined to describe music that everyone in the world would now recognize as being tonal. And even if "atonality" can be supplied some reasonable con...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 2981

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising?
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 2981

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Yes, I have that set, Brian. It is really fine. One of the first versions I really loved was the Leitner/Kempff, and later I got to love the Van Kempen, which might be more poetic, but less "authoritative". I'm sorry to say, I don't really know the Peter Raabe. I didn't play it when I got the set be...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

The wines look very classy, Sue. I love the logo. The prices are beyond my daily tippling, by and large.
I hear of major fire threats to the Hunter Valley. I hope the Blue Mountains are ok? We had blessed rain today and a top of about 22 Celsius.
by barney
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 2981

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

My collection contains more than 50 accounts of the Emperor, though I am sure that pales into insignificance compared with Lance. So it's almost impossible to single out favourites. Nevertheless, I am going to nominate Wilhelm Kempff, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Brendel, Emil Gilels and Clifford Curzon.
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Well I'm patriotically glad you are drinking Australian. South-Eastern, I have to say, is scraping the bottom of the barrel (not literally) because the grapes aren't even sourced by state. It's obviously drawn from the overflow from a variety of vineyards. But in the serendipity of these things, it ...
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tanglewood expansion
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Re: Tanglewood expansion

It sounds great. Wonderful that people have this sort of ambition.
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sue, how awful. Terrifying. I just looked up watoday, and it seems the firefighters have stopped the onslaught but have not brought it under control. When I insulted Ben Ean moselle, I did not intend to insult your son, obviously, especially as he wasn't making it. Lindemans have been a major label ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I know almost nothing of Hunter Valley wines. Not because they are less good - obviously very fine wines emerge from the region - but because you can't specialise everywhere. I know far more about the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, and some West Aus...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Fascinating stuff, Sue. When I was young ,40 years ago, Ben Ean moselle was Australia's biggest selling white wine. It was very sweet and sticky, and appropriate for 1980. I loathed it - always went for dry wines. But I presume your son has taken over that vineyard? I like the sound of reviving the ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

People my age in Australia got their university education free! No longer of course; students take on crippling debt. And when I began my PhD in 1993, all tuition was on a scholarship.
We were certainly the lucky generation, as our children constantly remind us.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD

Well Lance, your recommendations are pretty good. I might see if I can follow this up.
BTW, I got a Christmas card email from Goran Filipec. Really kind.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Lance, you have such a soft heart! :D And we love you for it.
by barney
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Yes. I've drunk a lot of Penfolds Koonunga Hill which is about $A15, but never had their signature wine Grange. The latest vintage, 2013, is about $750 a bottle; older vintages costs thousands. My favourite wine-growing area in Australia is Coonawarra, a small area about 50km by 20km (from memory). ...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor. (That's a JOKE by my doctor.) Barney when I go for my checkups my doctor always asks about the wine consumption-by now she knows the answer and just shakes her head and moves on. Regards, Len :) Doctors always mentally double what you tell them, ...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Gorgeous pix Lennie. I can't fathom how any of you cope with this. I've never experienced anything like it. No need to give up the red. My doctor gave me a very helpful rule of thumb on drinking too much: when you drink more than your doctor does. It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Gorgeous pix Lennie. I can't fathom how any of you cope with this. I've never experienced anything like it. No need to give up the red. My doctor gave me a very helpful rule of thumb on drinking too much: when you drink more than your doctor does. It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor....
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Absolute classics. We probably both cut our teeth on Pete and Dud, along with Not Only But Also, At Last the 1948 Show, Goons etc. Also, though less anarchic but very funny, Flanders and Swan. Did you see Tony Hancock? Yes, indeed. And, no, I didn't ever see Tony Hancock - who died in our country. ...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I've always felt it was easier to warm up when cold than to cool down when hot. That might be because I'm overweight. But when I say easy to warm up, I'm thinking from 5 or 6 Celsius, which is about as cold as it gets in Melbourne or Sydney, not 30 below. Of course it might well get colder in the Bl...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 5604

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Certainly a relevant observation. But I don't believe it disproves any of my observations. The late Beethoven quartets make more intensive demands of the listener - that is my claim. If they make more intensive demands of the performers also, so be it.
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Your story bears enough resemblance to fact, since it names Menuhin and he did play concerts in Moscow, that it was fair to assume you were telling us something about Menuhin in Moscow, not a fiction having nothing to do with him or anybody else. It doesn't even work as a joke, as all those music-l...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Absolute classics. We probably both cut our teeth on Pete and Dud, along with Not Only But Also, At Last the 1948 Show, Goons etc. Also, though less anarchic but very funny, Flanders and Swan. Did you see Tony Hancock?
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

It's a joke, John. It bears no resemblance to fact whatsoever, and no such claim was ever made. The funny thing, the point of the joke, is the enormous sacrifice made by the marchers thinking he is a singer. There is this build up of commitment, and the denouement is they have missed the point. Obvi...
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 17278

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

It's all quite extraordinary, Lance and Rach3. Pity we can't alternate with each other every hour, so that as one set of weather becomes intolerable it is replaced. I've never felt 30 below. I'm sure that would kill quite quickly in the wrong circumstances. You may or may not have experienced 115.
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I've probably raised expectations too high with my Menuhin joke. It's actually more fun to tell than to hear, and it needs to be heard rather than read. Menuhin is returning to Russia on a grand tour that has raised international anticipation. The first recital is in Moscow in the leading hall. But ...
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 5604

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

I agree Lance. I'm probably just dropping into repetition now, as I find it very hard to put into words. Both Haydn and Schubert speak directly to the listener in their string quartets partly because the emotion is much closer to the surface. In late Beethoven quartets as in some Bach, like the cell...
by barney
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

His greatest days were his earliest,by and large. The Elgar premiere for example. I heard him play the Beethoven at the Albert Hall (with nearly 5000 others - it's too big) and he was really good. But he's more celebrated as a humanitarian even than as a violinist. I have nearly everything he record...