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by barney
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Record Review - Chopin Scherzi
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: BBC Record Review - Chopin Scherzi

I felt the same way. Was it the Glencoe Road? I've spent a lifetime mocking the Scots, naturally, because it is my wife's heritage and because it's so easy to do, but there I discovered my inner Scot!
by barney
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Impeachment Thoughts

I don't see it that way either. I was very surprised that Trump was elected, like most people, and there probably were Russian shenanigans which might even have turned the election. That said, Trump WAS elected and became President, and I accept that (not that my opinion matters a jot). It's what he...
by barney
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy retires
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Ashkenazy retires

[quote=barney post_id=500548 time=1579886720 user_id= I have some very happy memories, particularly of his playing and conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard. Indeed.I have only his Decca cd with the Philharmonia of Nos.12,13,K.414 and 415,superb. For me,K.415 is one of the greatest of Mozar...
by barney
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Record Review - Chopin Scherzi
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: BBC Record Review - Chopin Scherzi

Thank you for sharing this with us. Last year I spent 6 weeks in the UK and tuned in the hire car radio to BBC3. For some reason I always seemed to be driving somewhere on a Saturday morning when this program was on and heard some great classical music and well informed comment. I wish I'd had the ...
by barney
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire

:D
Never mind. Probably applies to 785,467 conductors, true of none.
by barney
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump State of the Union What If
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Trump State of the Union What If

Len, you knew it was going to be a sham trial.
I don't ever want to hear a Republican talk about integrity or morality again - they have betrayed your country and trampled over the Constitution.
by barney
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire

Koussevitsky is apparently one of those enigmas, a great conductor by force of personality with very poor technique. His concertmaster was asked how, given the conductor's famously wobbly baton progress, they knew when to begin. "Simple," he replied. "When his baton reaches the third button of his w...
by barney
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy retires
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Ashkenazy retires

Orchestra friends of mine did not necessarily rate him highly as a conductor, though there are some fine recordings. But as a pianist he has certainly been utterly top drawer. I have some very happy memories, particularly of his playing and conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard.
by barney
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump State of the Union What If
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Trump State of the Union What If

Sustained loud booing, or a walkout?
by barney
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!

Thanks for the link. It is so Trumpian: sad, funny, outrageous, bewildering, manic, ignorant, deluded, bloviating etc.
by barney
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life

It's great to have some charismatic musicians who reach into the wider world. Dudamel certainly does that.
by barney
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

There were several fine obituaries: Daily Telegraph of London, Washington Post, and Gramophone. The Post especially gave him a lot of space. The Gramophone amusingly had his honour Companion of the Order of Australia conferred by the Austrian Government. As his nephew wryly observed, Barry was proba...
by barney
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Thanks for your kind words. I saw him for the last time a couple of weeks ago, and while I was there the ambulance came to take him to palliative care from which he did not emerge. But he was sharp and funny as always, and delighted to talk about music. He was really a trailblazer as a horn soloist,...
by barney
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!

David, I think it's very reasonable to distrust the Democrats, who seem to be increasingly captured by the woke class and will therefore fail to persuade too many Americans. But Len is right: that doesn't change the facts about Trump, who is morally and intellectually unfit to govern, a serial liar,...
by barney
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Very sad. It was a peaceful death surrounded by family.
I was asked to write the obituary for his home town paper, which I viewed as a considerable privilege:
https://www.theage.com.au/culture/music ... 53sfb.html
by barney
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!

Happy birthday, Donald. Or, as we say in our family, nappy burpday.
by barney
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Subway Service Disrupted After Water Main Break on Upper West Side
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Subway Service Disrupted After Water Main Break on Upper West Side

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:02 pm
barney wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:07 pm
You might have to learn to walk on water, Len. Been done before, apparently. :D
Barney walking on water-you must mean trump-he thinks he's the chosen one! Len :(
No Len, that's far too humble for Trump. He thinks he's the one who does the choosing.
by barney
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Too kind, Len. We have to be able to express ourselves somewhere, don't we? Mind you, I am reminded of Samuel Johnson's dictum, "no man but a blockhead ever wrote for money". I used to get paid for my opinions once! Or rather for a few of them. Hard to believe, I know...
by barney
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: I Like The Latest Impeachment Developments!

It would be important to hear evidence, so much so that I cannot understand how the Republicans are denying it. I know they are corrupt in this matter, and have no interest in ascertaining facts but just using their numbers to kill the issue. But surely they are concerned to look to the American peo...
by barney
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Subway Service Disrupted After Water Main Break on Upper West Side
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Subway Service Disrupted After Water Main Break on Upper West Side

You might have to learn to walk on water, Len. Been done before, apparently. :D
by barney
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met

That's an interesting answer: you did when you were performing. Does that mean your ego has diminished with your performing career? (You certainly don't seem to have an overwhelming ego now, but I suppose we should ask Theresa! :lol:) I wonder if we are talking about the same thing - I have in mind,...
by barney
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met

So Brian, does a great artist need a huge ego, as is often claimed? They certainly often have them, and sometimes (in not so great artists) utterly without justification.
by barney
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When News Upstages an Opera Performance
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: When News Upstages an Opera Performance

Thanks Len, all very interesting. What wonderful coverage the NYT provides. Opera reviews in The Age are usually 250 words.
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

She, like the rest of us, no doubt misses JohnF, with whom she enjoyed vigorous and interesting correspondence. I notice the board is a little less active in his absence. But, like you, I hope she returns and ignores the Corner Pub. She should return-maybe she should ignore the Pub-her sister who I...
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anna Netrebko, Consider New Opera. Please.
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Anna Netrebko, Consider New Opera. Please.

Can't help smiling at the pic at the top of the thread. Teddy Tahu Rhodes is still taking his clothes off in his 50s, and congratulations on keeping his physique! I've seen him many times and never once has he kept his clothes on - the latest occasion a couple of months ago wearing a sleeveless dres...
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month

maestrob wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:37 am
So, I'm happy with what I have now for the time being. :)
An enviable state in which you should remain. I am too, really.
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca

Freire did the Emperor in Melbourne last year. Oops, 2018. Deeply satisfying, as one would expect.
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: 24 Years Later, Roberto Alagna Steps Back Into ‘Bohème’ at the Met

Thanks Len. Alagna comes across as pretty likeable. He did a concert in Melbourne, if I recall aright, in which I was unhappy - far more Italian songs than opera arias. Jonas Kaufmann, in contrast, worked really hard when he was here. I paid nearly $300 for a ticket, and was grateful. But the most i...
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Well, I saw that post but thought it was only temporary. There has always been some friction between the music boards and the Corner Pub. If it is music you really enjoy, I suggest people stick to the music boards. I don't visit there myself very often. My blood pressure is already being monitored!...
by barney
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month

Now, Len, don't get technical on me! :D I have wifi in my house - it's how visitors use the internet here, and my wife's computer etc, but the cable is directly connected to my computer because that's where it comes out. I thus use an ethernet connection to power my hifi. My TV is about 15 years old...
by barney
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

Aha. A brief consultation with Wiki: Although little known in the West, never having toured or recorded there, Sofronitsky was held in the highest regard in his native land. Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels looked up to Sofronitsky as their master, and famously, when Sofronitsky once drunkenly pro...
by barney
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

Sofronitsky has a volume (two CDs) in the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century 200-CD set. I am gradually working my way through these again, but have only reached Emil Gilels, his great contemporary who reportedly thought Sofronitsky his master. But I remember his Scriabin from when I got the...
by barney
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month

Fascinating, Len, but I'm still not interested in streaming. Besides, with my collection of CDs & DVDs, I'll never run out of music I want to hear. For the cost of joining the three streaming services, I can buy at least 4 CDs/month, which is about my limit anyway for new issues of high quality. An...
by barney
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Classical music streaming services: How Richard Morrison went from streaming sceptic to acolyte in a month

Brontosaurus Barney is on the same page as Megalosaurus Maestrob. I really hope streaming works, so that young people can get classical, as the article says, but I have zero interest for myself. Still, I find that the big companies - Universal, Sony, Warners - are offering ever fewer CDs for review,...
by barney
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Barney thanks for the links-that National Park looks beautiful! I looked at a map and you're about 9 hours from Sydney if I have it right. Most important though-how far are you from Miss Marple's Tearoom! Regards, Len :lol: https://www.missmarplestearoom.com/ Sassafras is just 15 minutes' drive, an...
by barney
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

I can't believe what is happening with wildlife in Australia! People are even loading their cars with Koalas. And this thing with the camels, which are absorbing much-needed water and having to "do away" with many thousands of camels. This has got to be an horrific time in Australia. It seems like ...
by barney
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bolton-Hope They Get Him
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Bolton-Hope They Get Him

Read my lips: No way corrupt Senate Republicans will allow any witnesses. This is a sham: they are betraying their vows to govern honestly and have made it clear the only thing they care about is acquittal, whatever the facts.
by barney
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

I am just below a national park,...Today I am packing my emergency kit: suitcase with some clothes, important documents, hard drive with photos, to grab if necessary. Which of course I ardently hope it is not. Barney could you provide the name of the park-great idea on the emergency kit! Regards, L...
by barney
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Sue, I agree with everything you just said. Sensible land management legislation to prevent a recurrence of this dreadful fire season is urgently needed. We had measures in the past designed to significantly lessen the impact of our annual fire seasons and they were subverted by well meaning but ig...
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Where I am there is no fire at present. But if one starts it will be devastating. The paper today said my area is absolutely primed for disaster, with thick, dense, totally dry bush. As I said before, I am just below a national park, and 50 yards from a large native reserve which has very dense unde...
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Should you clap between movements?

At the other end of the spectrum, I have attended several piano recitals where the pianist requests that applause be held until a series of pieces has been completed (and not necessarily a series of pieces by one composer). The most extreme example of this in my experience was a 2012 recital by And...
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Le Villi
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: Our First Le Villi

Thank you, Brian, that's very kind indeed. But I see there are many performances on YouTube, so I shall hear it there.
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australian Fires: How is it going, Sue/Barney?
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Re: Australian Fires: How is it going, Sue/Barney?

Thanks Lance. I've been providing occasional updates on the Australian fires thread in the Corner Pub.
Short answer: no immediate threat (today) but strong fears for the rest of summer.
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Mind you, I can't agree with your analysis. Stopping foreign aid would be reprehensible for one of the richest and luckiest countries on earth, and I can't imagine what leads you to advocate that.
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7488

Re: Australian fires

Ah Sue, I was just about to say welcome back =- I've been worried about your silence, thinking that more urgent matters - ie, fires - might have interrupted you. And now you want to say farewell? In the immortal baseball phrase, say it isn't so.
by barney
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Should you clap between movements?

I recall reading an article in the New York Times some years ago when pianist Artur Rubinstein was being interviewed. He said he had no objection to having applause between movements if the public was enjoying the work. The next day he gave a performance of a piano concerto and applause came after ...
by barney
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Should you clap between movements?

Applause between movements interrupts my concentration, and I don't like it much, but I swallow that on the grounds cited above that it is just reward for a fine or exciting performance. I've never heard boos at the end of a movement - though I have at the end of an aria.
by barney
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Le Villi
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: Our First Le Villi

Yes, worth watching once as a curiosity. But there's so much Puccini that's worth hearing again and again and again and ... you get the picture. :D Agreed! I seem to remember DiCapo opera & La Selva both produced the opera as part of a double bill, but the dates have long disappeared from my memory...