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by barney
Sun May 20, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 12
Views: 148

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Not at all hostile to evolutionary theory. I get vastly irritated, as I indicated, at the fact that evolutionary psychology is a speculative discipline (I barely rate it as science) that always hides how much guesswork and assumption is involved and how disabling it is. We don't have much certain kn...
by barney
Sun May 20, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 21
Views: 776

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Did you bring some for the whole class, Mr Hill?
by barney
Sun May 20, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 12
Views: 148

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Sorry, Belle, it's Lance who's been reading the book. Lance, what do you think about my comments a couple of posts ago? I wouldn't expect a psychiatrist to discuss music in the terms Belle mentions, but general questions such as why some music appeals to people generally and other music doesn't mig...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 23
Views: 439

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

True, but the better the orchestra the more they should respond to the musical ability of a fine conductor. Or is that naive? How did the NYPO make Mitropoulos' life a misery? Any conductor needs a strong personality - the better the orchestra, the more the need for both musical ability and strengt...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fulop Ranki live
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Fulop Ranki live

Over-heard in the audience : “ Is it warm in here ? Not for violinists.” Some here, maybe all, know the origin of that joke. The occasion was Jascha Heifetz's sensational American debut at Carnegie Hall in 1917, age 16. Mischa Elman and Leopold Godowski were sitting together in the audience and Elm...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zimmermann,Jansons play Prokofieff VC # 1 live
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Zimmermann,Jansons play Prokofieff VC # 1 live

Janssons and the BRSO were in NY in April 2016 in my much treasured trip, and my friend Russell and I went to hear them twice. In one they did the Leningrad. Magnificent. The other: Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35: Leonidas Kavakos vln Dvorak: Symphony...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 23
Views: 439

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I remember Brigitte Fassbaender saying of Carlos Kleiber ("Traces to Nowhere").."Carlos Kleiber was a dictator through and through, but very human with it". A strong personality is a pre-requisite for a successful conductor...you have to have it if you're going to get in front of 80 Heifetz/virtuos...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

That's delicious Belle. I especially loved the third one. Did the OA figure know it was the car supposed shortened by a $%*@ yard?
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]

While we are skipping around sopranos who performed in Germany, the successor to Streich for me was Gundula Janowitz, who could be extraordinarily ethereal.
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 23
Views: 439

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Fascinating article. But I don't believe conductors can behave as Toscanini or Szell did any more. By and large relations between musicians and conductor have become more collaborative, though some still wield strong authority (I've heard Thielemann is one). I don't mind authority, but abuse is a di...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]

I think I love Jurinac's voice even more than Seefried's. She is similar to Rita Streich, another pure-toned post-war German soprano whom I know Lance and JohnF and Brian, among others, will be very familiar with. Jurinac and Seefried combined in some Mozart opera, if I recall aright. I listen to a ...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein movies coming
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Bernstein movies coming

Thanks. Please keep us posted if more info emerges, because arthouse stuff often doesn't make its way to Australia.
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera and Ballet Mad Scenes Compared
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Opera and Ballet Mad Scenes Compared

I started this article with some scepticism, especially as the only thing I know about ballet is the music it is performed to. Although, of course, I admire the grace and beauty and agility of its performers, it is merely as an ignorant onlooker. But I found the article really fascinating. Thanks fo...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein movies coming
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Bernstein movies coming

Any more info?
Biopix? Straight documentaries? 1 hour? Movie-length?
I am very interested in these...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

Belle wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 12:29 am
I think most have certainly learned to play them!!
:lol:
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

The first complete set of Mozart's Piano Concerti was with Lili Kraus in the 1960's, playing with a pick-up band that was exceedingly awful. I had them on reel-to-reel tape, and they disappointed me to say the least. Then, in the 1970's, Geza Anda's set with himself leading from the keyboard was is...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have long loved these concertos - everything after 9, his first really great piano concerto. Perahia and Uchida are both well worth hearing in all three. Agree , although 1st mov. of # 26 is still a mystery to me. IF I get just one, would be K.467 ( # 21 ), two I'd add K.595 ( # 27 ), 3 K. 271 (#...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have the complete Perahia set and love it. While there are some performances of the later concertos by other pianists which have been outstanding this set by Perahia is just so satisfying to listen to. The one that switched me onto his Mozart PCs was a single CD I bought of the 9th and 21. I boug...
by barney
Thu May 10, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have long loved these concertos - everything after 9, his first really great piano concerto. Perahia and Uchida are both well worth hearing in all three.
by barney
Thu May 10, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

Many thanks for all the delightful replies. This has turned into a fine thread: I mentioned, of course, what wonderful gems I produce! (If there's an emoji for blushing, imagine it here.) JohnF, I too am a fan of Irmgaard Seefried. Did you know that Australian Eloquence (a local budget label by Uni...
by barney
Thu May 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

Does page-turning for recitals by the likes of Yo Yo Ma, Perlman, Hahn, etc. count? :mrgreen: Hilary actually thanked me by name to the audience during the second half. :D And I forgot to bring out Perlman's music for the second half of his concert. I quickly went backstage to get it, came back out...
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim's Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos with Klemperer
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Barenboim's Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos with Klemperer

I have never been a big fan of Barenboim as a pianist or conductor. But I have become a little more interested in him in recent years due to his human rights activism. I have had the Bareboim Klemperer set of the concerti & the choral fantasy for quite a few years. I have always felt a tension betw...
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy

One of my favourites is 13, probably because it's the first Shostakovich symphony I got to know. But I find it deeply profound.
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy

Frankly, I have never been able to connect very well with the Shostakovich Fourth, either. However, I accept this as my own deficiency, not Shostakovich's. It was his own favorite of his symphonies, and Vasily Petrenko says it is one of his two greatest symphonies, along with the Fourteenth. My per...
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's two piano concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 325

Re: Shostakovich's two piano concertos

You've mentioned it above, but I treasure Shostakovich's own recording with Moscow Radio under Alexander Gauk. Alas, I have it only on LP (a 3-LP set of recordings of Shostakovich himself playing) . It's one of the reasons I haven't followed a couple of friends in getting rid of my LPs and turntable.
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

I have one more anecdote I'd forgotten about. My father, who was a conductor, was studying at the Royal Academy of London when Stravinsky came on an English tour in the 1950s. My father, in his early 20s at the time, became his "roadie", driving him around and carrying his bags etc. I'm not sure how...
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

Continuing my responses: Rach 3, another delightful tale. I particularly enjoyed the thought of you trying to hoodwink Van Cliburn (in his eyes). Ah, John B, what an opportunity lost. I'd give a digit off my left hand to have heard Rubinstein. Like Lance, for me he is a pianistic demigod. I bought t...
by barney
Wed May 09, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

Many thanks for all the delightful replies. This has turned into a fine thread: I mentioned, of course, what wonderful gems I produce! (If there's an emoji for blushing, imagine it here.) JohnF, I too am a fan of Irmgaard Seefried. Did you know that Australian Eloquence (a local budget label by Univ...
by barney
Tue May 08, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: Musical claims to fame

PS: my aunt being young and attractive, Rubinstein was all generous solicitude, raising her up and patting her down. Quelle surprise!
by barney
Tue May 08, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Musical claims to fame

I feel that after years of modestly and humbly contributing gems of ineffable value to this forum, it is time to shed my cloak of humility, rise up and state my claims to musical greatness. There are two: My great great grandmother, being pushed in her pram in a park in Vienna, was patted on the hea...
by barney
Tue May 08, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 310

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Far too much Brahms to nominate a favourite. But my favourite symphony is the second, reinforced by hearing Riccardo Muti and the Australian World Orchestra conduct it on Saturday. I thought I might strain to concentrate because I'd been to an Opera Australia matinee of Tosca the same afternoon, but...
by barney
Mon May 07, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did I hear right?
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Did I hear right?

Well, I'm not going to play any music by any rapper. That'll show them, for sure.
by barney
Mon May 07, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Quichotte
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Don Quichotte

My view, hearing the music for the first time, was not so much that the music was weak but uneven. The opening scene is very slight, Spanish=themed ballet music, but the middle scene is powerful, and the cello solo before Act V is quite stunning. A couple of duets are quite memorable. But in the end...
by barney
Sun May 06, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Quichotte
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Don Quichotte

Opera Australia has just staged the Massenet Opera Don Quichotte in Melbourne. Fascinating. It starts rather weakly, but gets better and better. It is really a vehicle for a bass (Chaliapin in the original) and we had Furlanetto, surely among the greatest basses at present on stage. He was superlati...
by barney
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6736

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Szell appears 121 times in my catalogue. That's too many for me to investigate individually. But several are as pianist.
by barney
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6736

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Jserraglio, thanks so much again for going to the trouble of digging out those reviews and posting them. It's clear I am going to have to lash out and buy this. Your work was not in vain! As an aside, what does "phoning in" mean, in the first review? I haven't encountered this expression, which see...
by barney
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

I wonder if our collective attitudes are also governed in any way by age?
Does anyone UNDER 60 share my attitude, and that of Lance and Holden Fourth above? (I've no idea of Holden's age, btw.) If so, is it because you have a surfeit of CDs or is it because you use downloads more these days?
by barney
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

I have more than 10,000 CDs and about 1200 LPs. That is far too many, according to my wife, and not nearly enough, in comparison with collectors like Lance. Because I do music reviews (which is how a good half or more of that collection came about) I get a large number of unsolicited CDs. I have to...
by barney
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Barney, always great to read your posts! They are so lifelike with day-to-day facts of living! I smiled when I read this one. Yes, I, too (as probably most of us) have some CDs with the cellophane wrap still on just waiting to be auditioned. I, too, receive many CDs for radio broadcast courtesy of ...
by barney
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano accompanist Irwin Gage dead at 78
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: Piano accompanist Irwin Gage dead at 78

Me too. I especially remember his partnerships with Ely Ameling. A fine and sensitive accompanist.
by barney
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6736

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Jserraglio, thanks so much again for going to the trouble of digging out those reviews and posting them. It's clear I am going to have to lash out and buy this. Your work was not in vain! As an aside, what does "phoning in" mean, in the first review? I haven't encountered this expression, which seem...
by barney
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti's butler
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Pavarotti's butler

Interesting article. As I may have written before, I saw Pavarotti live only twice. The first time I queued up from 5am at Covent Garden in 1981 to get a ticket to hear him in a Masked Ball (with Montserrat Caballe and Renato Bruson). The second time was at the end of his life, in Melbourne in 2005,...
by barney
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

I have more than 10,000 CDs and about 1200 LPs. That is far too many, according to my wife, and not nearly enough, in comparison with collectors like Lance. Because I do music reviews (which is how a good half or more of that collection came about) I get a large number of unsolicited CDs. I have to ...
by barney
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6736

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

That looks fantastic. Thanks for alerting us to it. I will have to ponder deeply, especially in view of Lance's thread about how much we can listen to (I already have 13 complete performances). Still, what a cast! and the conductor.
Have you heard it? How thin is the sound?
by barney
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6736

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

My father, a conductor, admired Szell above all rivals. He would often point out to me on records some particularly neat piece of work, some brilliant resolution of a conducting problem, some tricky timing or internal voices brilliantly realised. Alas, I no longer recall any to cite them to you.
by barney
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 2974

Re: Bach and religion

Yes, certainly. The other claimed source, probably of less interest to non-Catholics, or not so devout Catholics, is the number of images claimed to have been passed miraculously to pieces of cloth with which Jesus wiped his face - not just the Veronica, which was an important relic for centuries. A...
by barney
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!

Welcome aboard. It's usually a seaworthy vessel!
by barney
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 2974

Re: Bach and religion

I'm doubtful about Apollo. I'd entertain evidence. This magnificent mosaic was discovered buried beneath a field in the village of Hinton St Mary, Dorset, in 1963. It may feature the earliest known representation of Christ. No, the fourth century mosaic is certainly not the oldest representation. W...
by barney
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 19
Views: 1718

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

I just had the sweetest email from Goran Filipec. I had asked for a signed copy of the CD, as it is the same price. He wrote: Dear Barney, Many thanks for your CD order which has been forwarded to me just now. Apparently we are out of signed copies of the Paganini CD, but I'll be in Paris mid next w...
by barney
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

:lol:
Very good, I hadn't heard that before: the next stage out of town...