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by barney
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 69
Views: 682

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

My month in New York is among the most memorable of my life. I went to a concert or the opera every night but one, when I was visiting a friend at Yale. I came with a friend, and we stayed at an AirBnB in New Jersey, actually on the boulevard overlooking the Hudson with the New York skyline. I found...
by barney
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti: Opera North video
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti: Opera North video

I saw this a few years ago, with an ambitious small Melbourne company that did a pretty good job - but not as good a job as Opera North. Many thanks for posting this.
by barney
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Professor Jordan Peterson has studied totalitarianism for some years and he has commented about this, saying (I'm paraphrasing) we all think we would have been one of the good guys if we'd lived in those times but the chance of that being so are slim to none!!! I entirely agree. On a slightly relat...
by barney
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

I have posted several times regarding this. Furtw​​ängler was not in fact a Nazi, but definitely did have some anti-Semitic and v​ölkisch views. It needs to be remembered that, prior to 1933, there were several strands of anti-Semitism other than that of the Nazis, and many people sometimes labeled...
by barney
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 204

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

Sue, I am not sure at whom your "bravo" was directed, but I would be interested. My own feeling, which I offer as having no importance whatsoever, is that the #metoo movement has achieved an important breakthrough, but at the cost of innocent casualties. Von Otter's husband may be one; in any event,...
by barney
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

I remember reading of a torturer for a South American dictator being asked how he could do such appalling things. His reply was to the effect that the first small cruelty was the key one; gradually his conscience was seared. I think JohnF is right about people who stayed in Germany - one would need ...
by barney
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The function and value of music criticism
Replies: 16
Views: 292

Re: The function and value of music criticism

There have been fine critics at the Times, such as Will Crutchfield before he left to conduct and teach, and if there are none at present and the system is functioning badly, that's not surprising. At other newspapers, critics have been laid off and there's no coverage of classical music at all exc...
by barney
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Angela Hewitt's new Beethoven cd
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: Pianist Angela Hewitt's new Beethoven cd

She's fabulous. Although my taste is usually described as dubious, I add my recommendation to Brian's about the Hewitt Bach set. And everyone should have both her Well-Tempered Clavier sets.
by barney
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review
Replies: 11
Views: 386

Re: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review

I have that set too, Wagner at the Met. It is a real treasure trove. I'll look out that Lohengrin again.
by barney
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1279

Re: Top orchestras

PS, the NYPO's Mahler 9 under Haitink was pretty special - the occasion, the work, the conductor, the orchestra - the sum was larger than its parts.
by barney
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1279

Re: Top orchestras

Two of the best orchestral performers I've heard were when I was in New York in 2016. I second Brian in adding the Met Orchestra; simply fabulous. The second was the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Maris Janssons. (I also heard the NYPO a few times, but was not quite so impressed; that might...
by barney
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: Classical records for children

AS a sub-editor trained to spot (and remove) unintended double entendres, I don't see the one in jserraglio's post. Perhaps it is an American expression not used in Australia. John can you (delicately) enlighten me. I am naturally curious. Sometime I will share some of my favourites from my collecti...
by barney
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2253

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Ego te absolvo, in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. I've been following this thread as best I can-glad to get a translation! Regards, Len Deinde, ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve you; and by His auth...
by barney
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: Classical records for children

Well done remembering all those details. I was a late starter, obviously, at 7 or 8 - but my father built the speaker system we had only after several years of marriage. Before that it was the radio and no record collection. The first house was way too small (2 bedrooms for 4 kids) to fit a piano, ...
by barney
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: Classical records for children

As a child, I remember being impressed so much by classical music (then on 78RPM discs) that I vowed to become a conductor when I grew up! My fascination with classical music continued to this day..... Here's a list of the classical sets we had when I was a toddler as best I can remember: Rachmanin...
by barney
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2832

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Yes, it will take some time, but you don't have to complete the entire oeuvre to start comparing. The two selected comparisons, Rubinstein and Cortot, are obviously two of the finest Chopin interpreters of whom we have a record; the former is far and away my favourite, taken overall.
by barney
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 24288

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:26 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:19 am
except maybe Guam.
You got me there! Regards, Len :)
This is ambiguous, Len. Jbuck got you to travel to Guam? Or his riposte has you stumped? I hope it's the former.
by barney
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: Classical records for children

Re books, I have the opposite problem. floor-to-ceiling shelves are stacked two deep in a number of rooms, and there are piles of books and CDs on the study floor that my wife is frequently exhorting me to tidy up. This I do by arranging neat piles in the living room, the one room in the house that ...
by barney
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1733

Re: Classical records for children

That post was "beautiful", Sue. :wink: I must remember that remarkably apt approbation when next you post a link... As a child I loved Peter and the Wolf, also Carnival of the Animals, and there were several works, especially Mozart and Schubert, that I asked my parents to put on the turntable inces...
by barney
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2832

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

I hope you will share your conclusions.
by barney
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2832

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Magaloff was judged a good enough pianist to have a volume in the Philips Great Pianists of the Century collection.
by barney
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

Perhaps orchestral musicians should be played on a per-note basis. Might be tough on 3rd trumpet or piccolo, but a rate of say 2 cents per note played would see violinists quite well off.
by barney
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 4736

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Thanks John for that massive amount of very helpful work.
by barney
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 825

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

The other was assembled quite expensively (5 figures) by an expert friend. Whew! Did the 5 figures have any periods in among them-for example $100 . 00! Regards, Len [fleeing] :lol: That would have been nice. I can now demonstrate the figures (and my age): Sophia Loren, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bridget B...
by barney
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition

I got it, but with my reviewer's hat on, so I didn't have to pay. I probably wouldn't have, as I already had a good proportion of the material. And I have always found Arrau among the most stately and magisterial of pianists, but not the most intimate. But I think he plays with utter integrity, and ...
by barney
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 825

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

Not sure about the more budget end. Barney yeah-that's the kind I have always gotten-I may have to spring for a higher priced one at some point. Regards, Len I have two hifis at home. One is in the "music room", and is pretty good but almost never used. The other was assembled quite expensively (5 ...
by barney
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 825

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

I don't think there's any diminution in top-end CD players. Not sure about the more budget end.
by barney
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced
Replies: 10
Views: 1633

Re: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced

Decca's Austraian budget label, Eloquence, did a large number of her recordings, especially the Spanish stuff. I probably won't be in the market for this one. But none of the recordings I have listened to of her have her just going through the motions. I like her enormously, including in some Mozart...
by barney
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin from his hospital bed
Replies: 2
Views: 2815

Re: Leonard Slatkin from his hospital bed

A fine pedagogue. I would not have had the imagination to answer that way, I would just have talked about musical notation (and probably made the comparison with letters). She would have had an answer but no chance of being inspired. That's why I am not a great teacher.
by barney
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 19
Views: 6983

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Yes, I've read all of Gerald Moore's books. They are wonderful reading and very hard to put down once started. There was also an EMI recording (reissued on a Testament CD) called Am I Too Loud. Very precious recording with Moore's own vice and musical examples. Now there's a good thought/idea/sugge...
by barney
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 pianists' lifetime piece
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

Re: 12 pianists' lifetime piece

Discs "two" and "three" are the two 100-CD volumes that together make up the 200-CD Philips Great Pianists series. Four might be the complete Verdi operas. I'm up to nearly 500 CDs already.
by barney
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 pianists' lifetime piece
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

Re: 12 pianists' lifetime piece

Lance, what a dreadful cheat you are! :lol:If you can take the 32, "one" of my desert island discs is Mozart 225, the 200-CD collection of his entire oeuvre. It is, after all, in one box.
by barney
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR recommended piano cd's
Replies: 5
Views: 4730

Re: WQXR recommended piano cd's

It is unusual to make a comment like that about Schumann's Piano Concerto. I love it too, but ... it's really more of a personal opinion. Some of the items on WQXR's list are good, but there many others totally left out. Even for me, a pianophile, it would difficult to select 10 recordings of the m...
by barney
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux
Replies: 8
Views: 5480

Re: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux

When played with feeling, as with Artur Schnabel, Rudolf Serkin, and Clifford Curzon, the slow movement of K. 595 is some of the most moving music I know. When played by the HIP types, well, you know what I was going to say. Here's Curzon in the Decca recording with Benjamin Britten: fEiH-EWbD2Q ht...
by barney
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live today
Replies: 7
Views: 5315

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live today

Alas, I wrote too soon. What I get are 60-second previews, not the whole recording. Never mind - there are inexhaustible depths on YouTube, so I'll let the BBC go.
by barney
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live today
Replies: 7
Views: 5315

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live today

... is there some trick? Sorry for the trouble. I have followed BBCR3 for years, and no longer recall what steps I had to go thru, if any. I now have no trouble with the links, nor do I recall ever registering or using "My Music " , but as I say it has been years. Try this : Rather than the link I ...
by barney
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live today
Replies: 7
Views: 5315

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live today

I love Paul Lewis.
I went to your link, registered, then the site said "go to my music" to play the tracks. I can't find that on the page. Am I just incompetent, or is there some trick?
by barney
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 7629

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

jbuck919 wrote—>"What IMO is not apt is a comparison between odious character flaws in famous creative artists and behavior of the kind we are likely talking about." I agree. James Levine is the one under discussion here, an otherwise admirable interpretative artist accused of egregious violation o...
by barney
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham
Replies: 5
Views: 3540

Re: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham

I'd be very interested in this if it ever came here, which is unlikely. Mind you, I have been to Nixon in China here and Previn's Streetcar Named Desire, Floyd's Of Mice and Men, and Elliot Carter's What Next, so Australian companies sometimes do offer American operas. I believe the Met is going to ...
by barney
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 6024

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

That's what I said and repeated: The lack of a fully successful studio recording is underlined by Kenneth Furie's recommendation, in "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera," of the live performance that reopened Munich's National Theater in 1963, though he says of its Sachs "The best that ...
by barney
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 7629

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

Levine's recording legacy will endure, no matter what anyone says or does. All of us here, I imagine, have many, many Levine performances that we esteem highly and will still listen to. When I listen to Siegfried's funeral march, I do not think of Levine or his activities; I am swept away by the mus...
by barney
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 6024

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Thanks John for such a complete description of the various versions. By November I will know them all much better myself. Clearly, they are all flawed, but in different ways.
by barney
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teresa Berganza 2-CD reissued sets (Eloquence)
Replies: 6
Views: 2756

Re: Teresa Berganza 2-CD reissued sets (Eloquence)

Understand Barney, I have not even touched the Arrau yet. Too much (great) music for one man! Maybe you should wait until winter to attack the Arrau set ... and the Brendel ... and the Perahia ... and ... on and on it goes. Have you delved into the two exquisite Fricsay boxed set from DGG of late? ...
by barney
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginastera's "Arrogant Cowboy"
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

Re: Ginastera's "Arrogant Cowboy"

I enjoyed that very much, thanks for posting it.
There are so many excellent Youtube clips posted on this forum, I don't get to most but this - for those who haven't looked at it yet - is not even three and a half minutes. I also appreciated the pianist's notes in the comments section.
by barney
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I have a new-found friend: pianist Warren Jones!
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

Re: I have a new-found friend: pianist Warren Jones!

Everybody here knows what I think of collaborative pianists: they are HALF the performance. My idol has always been Gerald Moore, with whom I communicated with long before his passing. I'm glad you communicated before his passing, Lance. I'd be a trifle concerned if you told us you'd communicated a...
by barney
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teresa Berganza 2-CD reissued sets (Eloquence)
Replies: 6
Views: 2756

Re: Teresa Berganza 2-CD reissued sets (Eloquence)

I have these, but haven't played them yet.
You've reminded me to get on with it. I'm still trying to get through 80 CDs of Claudio Arrau.
by barney
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 6024

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The six versions I mentioned: Jochum, discussed above Solti from 1976 Varviso's Bayreuth performance from 1974 And then three interesting ones that I wonder if any of you know and can tell me about: Kempe, Keilberth and Knappertsbusch. Perhaps I should start with the Keilberth (1963) as it has Hans ...
by barney
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 6024

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Of the great Wagner operas, Die Meistersinger is by far the one I know least well. I suspect that is because I have only seen it on stage once, and that way back in 1994 when I didn't esteem him as I do now. I have six complete recordings, but I don't remember when I last listened to one - it goes s...
by barney
Mon May 28, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 24288

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I was there at the Pomodoro Rosso, and thought it was fine. Mind you, that might have been more particularly the company....
by barney
Sun May 27, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A great conductor revisited: Alex Ross on Rattle's Mahler
Replies: 15
Views: 3775

Re: A great conductor revisited: Alex Ross on Rattle's Mahler

In the recordings I've heard, Rattle has a consistent trouble with the shaping and tempo of Romantic music: I stopped listening to him in that repertoire many moons ago. Mahler X is a tough nut to crack: surprisingly, I think Ormandy got it right with his World Premiere recording for Columbia: Ratt...