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by barney
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BoJo Britain's Trump?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

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: 187

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: 77

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: 329

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: 471

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: 100

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: 329

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: 329

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: 203

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: 329

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...
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I've struck up many a conversation with the person/s sitting beside me at concerts, particularly in Vienna - but I wouldn't say these were humorous discussions. I try not to venture down that road until I really know somebody well; the Viennese are very polite but somewhat reserved. The funniest 'c...
by barney
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I didn't claim the joke was very funny, but it ought to raise a wry smile. If it didn't, it's a matter for you, but I suggest a bit of urgent psychotherapy. (That's another joke, John, and also not especially good. My speciality.) Yes, it was the Sussmayr. I agree with you about Robert Levin, and ha...
by barney
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I went to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Mozart Requiem last night - what a glorious work it is. Very fine performance. Because I usually go to concerts by myself, I often chat to the people either side of me. Last night, the man beside me looked serious so I opened with: Do you know that violin...
by barney
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

That is so sad. A terrible shock to anyone, of course, but the thought of the gradual diminution of the ability of those hands is truly tragic.
I echo your best wishes.

PS: Welcome to CMG, Danny, and thanks for the post.
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Yes, very funny. And that's about as cruel as Borge ever got - an absolute model for modern comedians. For many, it seems to me, swearing and shock value have replaced humour. And there's a limit to how many fs and cs can be funny, and for me it is reached very quickly. Brave in the 1980s, perhaps, ...
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Sorry to harp on about my month in New York in 2016 (in which I went to an opera or concert every night, and enjoyed lunch with many esteemed members of CMG, and which remains an absolute highlight of my life), but I saw the Zeffirelli boheme at the Met. It may have been 35 years old then, but it re...
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Sorry, I see it's mood lighting, constantly changing. Still annoying though.
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Is this the only way to engage younger people with our beloved art? (She dresses and looks rather like my very recent daughter-in-law - son No. 3!!!). I must say this woman is absolutely gorgeous, even with the Botox and other 'enhancements': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FdDLvED_4E Then this: w...
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

I've heard worse. Liberace's technique was obviouslu up to the classical repertoire - according to the Wikipedia article, he played Liszt's 2nd concerto with the Chicago Symphony when he was 20 - and claimed Paderewski as a major influence on him. Such of that Chopin LP that I've listened to is not...
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Yes, it's a bit of a tightrope for a performer, but nothing spoils Chopin more than a sentimental or overly refined playing, not least because it comes across as "look at me, look at me". I haven't watched a lot of Liberace - I'll watch that clip now - but I always loved Victor Borge.
by barney
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: marin alsop raises the baton for women
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: marin alsop raises the baton for women

I heard Alsop and the Baltimore at Carnegie Hall on my 2016 trip. She was perfectly fine, but not in any way inspired on that night.I wouldn't judge a career on one performance, of course.
by barney
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

Nothing I would like better - really! I'm trying to work it out. The problem is my wife has discovered travel, but her roots are decidedly British, especially as we have a son there. But I have plans afoot....
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Yes, I know it can produce shocking injustices, and it seems your son(s) fall into that category. It's also interesting that the most violent group for domestic violence is Lesbians, with 41% saying they have been victims. (If that figure is true - I read it in a reputable source but now can't remem...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

Good luck with that Len. I try every day not to blunder and every day I fail.
But I feel a bit mean for putting you to so much grief. It was only a joke. :(
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Sue, you will probably be interested in this, if you haven't seen it. From the ABC. It's not the gender balance you are fighting for, but it still highlights problems in the system. Australia's family law system placing children in unsafe situations, ALRC finds Emily Clark and Heidi Davoren © A Aust...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Not quite right. News Corp have largely been silent because - until the raids - they have supported government policy. And, from your posts, I suspect you mainly read News Corp publications, especially the Australian. Other media have had a bit to say as the parade of legislation has come down (more...
by barney
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent

Ooooh, Len, you are in trouble. This clearly belongs in the corner pub. Unless you are singing from the same hymn sheet as your esteemed president.
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

Forgive my ignorance, but does it still happen if the phone is off?
Mine usually is not - it's recharging. But I should turn it off. perhaps.
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

OK, it was 10,000. Ten thousand!!!
But it was the Washington Post, not the New York Times. 10,011 in 828 days.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... d4209915b7
by barney
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

>I suppose, all that conceded, I still fall back to the idea that, however inadequate and selective the media, there is no other real check or balance that has any power or influence on governments or large corporations. The media are already hamstrung by meagre resources and a difficult economic m...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2020 election food for thought
Replies: 18
Views: 1853

Re: 2020 election food for thought

unconvictable when out. The sooner we get to test your theory the better! Regards, Len :lol: I suspect there's not a jury outside of DC (and not even even the Senate there) that would convict the motha. I'd love to be his lawyer -- slam dunk acquittal -- but, given 'Midtown Mussolini's' penchant fo...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Thanks Sue. You have put your position well, and I have a lot of sympathy for you. Yes, the media does seem to hunt in packs, especially in politics - Fairfax (as was), Guardian and ABC on one side, News and Sky on the other. Certainly the media fails to look properly at all sorts of issues, there c...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

How is a free press someone's tyranny? Only a tyrant need fear a free press (leaving aside for now the rather vexed issue of media's commercial interests). Have you not accepted any of my arguments about the need for a free press in a healthy democracy? Are you one of the increasing number of Austr...
by barney
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 562

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Nonsense Lance. We all think you have a picture in the attic...
Best wishes (belated) for the day.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:24 pm
maestrob wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 am
Joann Grillo ... once said to me: "In those days, you hadn't made it at the MET unless you'd been groped by Pavarotti!"
I reckon that makes Pavarotti "King of the Low Cs".
:lol: Very good.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

I have to agree entirely with Woolfe. I admired Domingo above almost any singer, but I LOVED Pavarotti. Such a gorgeous, natural voice. I may have posted this before, but I saw him only twice (he didn't come much to Australia apart from his first breakthrough tour with Sutherland when I was a child ...
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

Wonderful bit of generosity. But still only a stop-gap, even if a long one.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 886

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

Thanks Rach3. Any idea if the same applies to Windows 10? I imagine it probably does.
by barney
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

How is a free press someone's tyranny? Only a tyrant need fear a free press (leaving aside for now the rather vexed issue of media's commercial interests). Have you not accepted any of my arguments about the need for a free press in a healthy democracy? Are you one of the increasing number of Austra...
by barney
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Sue, I'm really sorry at the evident injustice done to your son, and to many fathers in this country. I agree that many seem to be really badly treated by a system geared up to see them automatically as the offenders. (And of course when it comes to violence they usually are, though this has nothing...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

The Federal Police have the right to act, true. It is because of some of the most draconian anti-freedom laws in the Western world. As we all know, legal does not necessarily mean moral or right. Only the most extraordinarily naive would trust governments and their agencies not to abuse powers given...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I'm afraid, Sue, that you and I are definitely on opposite sides of the fence on this one. Much of the time politicians conflate national security and their own embarrassment. If it weren't for brave whistleblowers who risk their freedom, governments would do a lot more draconian stuff. Every major ...
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 886

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I resent this greatly, typical high-handed Apple. I use iTunes to back up my phone, for example. A friend has burnt all my CDs, nearly 10,000, and put them on an NAS (don't ask me) which I access via iTunes. When I listened to podcasts I downloaded them through iTunes. My next phone won't be Apple....
by barney
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 886

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I resent this greatly, typical high-handed Apple. I use iTunes to back up my phone, for example. A friend has burnt all my CDs, nearly 10,000, and put them on an NAS (don't ask me) which I access via iTunes. When I listened to podcasts I downloaded them through iTunes.
My next phone won't be Apple.
by barney
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Identity politics in music

Yes, in the end you are right. There is only one way to test such claims, but it will be a self-defeating attempt because it will (surely) bring financial pain as a consequence.
by barney
Thu May 30, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Identity politics in music

John, your quotation is not by the author of the article but the precede or standfirst that goes below the headline to summarise what follows or pique interest.It would have been written by the translator, I suspect. In newspapers it is done by a sub-editor, not the reporter. "Identity politics is o...
by barney
Thu May 30, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Identity politics in music

Sorry John, I can't make any sense of your reply.
The point of the article, surely, is that there IS a canon, Beethoven is in it, and musical identity politics can't change that.
What you have quoted is what he is standing against.
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward

Oops! I see it is educational use only, so no watching for Barney. I also note the conductor is Keri-Lynn Wilson who has just had a big success in Melbourne conducting Opera Australia in a brilliant production of Cosi fan tutte
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: Juilliard releases archival recordings online: from the '50s onward

Agree about the astonishing resources on YouTube, but this looks like a treasure trove. Just started scrolling through opera, and came across Der Kaiser von Atlantis,for example. I admire that opera; it is one for the times. But I have seen it live only twice, one of which was semi-professional. I l...
by barney
Wed May 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 4890

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I don't disagree that Morrison's government is essentially centrist, centre-right, and that seems to be the PM's own comfort ground. And losing Ton y Abbott - a man I personally found warm and decent the couple of times I met him - will take an albatross from the PM's neck. This is definitely his go...