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by barney
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Obviously tricky for the Met. I think they have acted appropriately, standing Levine down and starting an investigation. They certainly can't take any sides at this point. But Gelb's remarks sound as though they are preparatory to distancing the Met from Levine.
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Great suggestions, John.
Tonight I will pop into my youtube list and see what I have kept. The trouble is that I keep finding "video deleted" and I don't know what it was!
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Levine was a great opera conductor and IMHO a good to mediocre conductor in orchestral repertoire. He also had the courage to program modern works (i.e. Moses und Aaron at the MET and music by Charles Wuorinen during his abbreviated tenure in Boston). There is no question about his musicality, nor ...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Tommasini weighs in on the Levine mess. His Levine albums are to be banished from plain sight in his living room. Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings? By Anthony Tommasini DEC. 5, 2017 So what do I do with these commemorative collections? I won’t give them away. But I’m going to move them ...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

He's up against some serious competition in D960. Haskil, Richter, Curzon, Kovacevich, Schnabel and Kempff. I'll give it a listen but to best Richter it will have to be very special. I don't see it that way. Even if you love Zimerman, it won't reduce your regard for Richter. What a privilege to hav...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I have some sympathy with Tommasini's ethical torment, but only a little. Whether to move handsome Levine box sets out of the living room certainly strikes me as a first-world problem. And his longing to share it with however many hundreds of thousands of readers strikes me as pretty self-indulgent....
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Fabulous Lance/JohnF. Of the mountain of musical curiosities I have enjoyed, this would be near or at the summit. It's called William Tell, but quickly morphs to Carmen. Still, it's revealing that I didn't listen to the end. I don't think you could do an hour on yodelling, Lance - ut maybe an hour o...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

This release has come up in a couple of different threads.
FYI, I just made it one of my five albums of the year for the Sydney Morning Herald. (The only candidates are CDs I have reviewed).
by barney
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Two comments 1: Leb rec ht. Given how so many people on this forum feel about him (I like him), isn't it delightful that he has suddenly discovered a reverence for facts? 2: The delay in reporting. I spent the best part of 12 years reporting on sex abuse allegations and cover-ups etc in religious in...
by barney
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Famous musicians photographed together

Having gone through a couple of dozen, it is a little annoying that they only nametwo people when there are three in the photo, eg Bakala and Chalabala and anonymous, and I have no idea who is who. When one is Bernstein or Barenboim or Stravinsky, different matter of course. But I second Lance's gra...
by barney
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1217

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

We don't know if it is an isolated case. Such abuse often is not (which is no comment on Levine's possible guilt). I too have heard many rumours, some more disturbing than this story, but have no idea of their veracity.
by barney
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Re Dawkins, we will just have to differ. In my view, his undoubted cleverness in science has given him an unjustified credibility when it comes to religion and philosophy. Whatever he doesn't know or understand, he dismisses as unimportant and unworthy. A.C. Grayling is far more trivial and obvious,...
by barney
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Yes, I agree on culture. But I see no reason to suppose that one opinion is as good as another. One has to justify one's opinion, and argue WHY the urinal is as worthy as Nightwatch. Not easy. Urinal had a certain importance because of its place in our social history. But we have a canon in art for ...
by barney
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Postmodernism exposed

I don't think post-modernism has been all bad. It had a kernel of insight, which got corrupted by massive accretions of idiocy and agenda. You don't have to believe that truth is relative, let alone insert these ludicrous theories that Dawkins refers to; it can be useful to question orthodoxy's unsp...
by barney
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

Like the Cheshire cat, I maintain that a square is whatever I say it is. Military band specialists from Stony Creek are definitely square!

(A joke, John - I don't mean it; just liked the pun on square.)
by barney
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: martin luther music article

Yes, you missed it. It's four posts earlier than this one. In Australia the Salvation Army tends to be more conservative theologically than mainstream denominations, and their social work is certainly real. I support them, and once door-knocked for them in my street. They've had negative publicity r...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: martin luther music article

Fair points, John. Catholics have always been good at expropriating others' ideas, and Protestants aren't too bad either. In the hymnbook we use most often there are tunes by Mozart. As we just learnt Luther didn't say, why should the devil have all the good tunes? (I always heard that attributed to...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Looking at what I just wrote, I realise that I have gone a long way off topic, and been guilty of introducing non-classical music myself to the classical music board.
Sorry about that - on this topic, over and out!
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Can you say more about the influence of yodelling on Liszt? I am unaware of that.
I recognise that it is very skilful, but it does pall fairly quickly. To the uninitiated, like me, it just seems like variations on the one trick.
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: martin luther music article

Fine article, but IMO comparing the largely Catholic Renaissance with the largely Lutheran Baroque is comparing apples and oranges. The great Baroque composers, of which were only a couple with a number of decent secondary ones, achieved more in an overall artistic sense than the dozens of great co...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous Drama Incidents Some Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Humorous Drama Incidents Some Opera

Thanks for posting this. An essential bookshelf item for all CMGers is Great Operatic Disasters by Hugh Vickers. Does anyone not have this? I can always repost a couple of anecdotes!
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber Aha! Another law firm First there was not enough oblivion. Now too much oblivion. Bottom line: new names were asked for, new names were provided. And I, Dulcinea Quijano of Puerto Rico, am very grateful. Anybody who has somethig to say, please consider this question: Burt...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I hope, for your pleasure, that Trifonov is in London at the same time. But, regardless, you will have some wonderful treats, I am sure.
by barney
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018

Do we know how many CDs?
I recently got the complete Emerson; so not sure about this one.
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charles Manson is finally dead
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Charles Manson is finally dead

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/obituaries/charles-manson-dead.html I was working at W.W. Norton when we published "Helter Skelter" by Vince Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Manson "family's" trial for murder. It was a huge best-seller, probably Norton's most successful trade book. Somehow I had ...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

2017 will be remembered for two things: 1. "That's just Charlie being Charlie." 2. "Women are very special," said Trump, "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women and I'm very happy." Very apt...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: Was This Secular Music:

John F wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:22 am
Seems like wedding music nowadays is whatever the bride wants. I've heard of a number of random classical selections (like the Pachelbel canon, now perhaps passé), rock songs if any can be found with appropriate lyrics, whatever.
O tempora, o mores!
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1406

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I owned an LP of "Samson et Dalila" but it was damaged in the 80s when the children were small. This was the main reason I moved over to CDs when these became available in Australia in March 1983; the month of my daughter's birth. The kids could then occasionally bump into the CD player with their ...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2206

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber Aha! Another law firm First there was not enough oblivion. Now too much oblivion. Bottom line: new names were asked for, new names were provided. And I, Dulcinea Quijano of Puerto Rico, am very grateful. Anybody who has somethig to say, please consider this question: Burt...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I think you can be forgiven for getting your piano recitals from CDs or YouTube or locally!
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died

Agreed. The quintessential or ideal Russian bass.
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Your list of piano recitals makes me ashamed I don't make a greater effort these days. I like competitions because of the concentration of so much piano music within a very short space of time. And I enjoy the comments of Gerard Willems! A lovely man completely without ego. But the 85 minute drive ...
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Yes, I am a lucky bastard.
I think Trifonov is the most exciting pianist I've heard. I don't say the best, as I've heard the likes of Perahia, but for sheer brilliance...
Mind you, he's young enough that brilliance is sometimes the point. Still a couple of years shy of 30.
by barney
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1406

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I too really love the Cunning Little Vixen. Its music is so evocative from the opening suite, to the fox-cub's cries, to the philosophical men. Like most people, I imagine, the first Janacek I was exposed to was Sinfonietta, which is very exciting in the concert hall.
by barney
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: war of the worlds opera LA
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: war of the worlds opera LA

I'd certainly go. It sounds imaginative and different, and I don't mind a few misses among my concert going, to throw the hits into high relief.
by barney
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Domingo William Tell!

That's true, Len. Stage presence, great musical wisdom and experience, the ability to husband and use his voice. He is obviously an all-time great, and I'm hugely grateful that I managed to see him live on stage, even at the end of his career. Even now he is a really fine singer, whom I would pay to...
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 534

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I deplore the modern tendency of the deep state and it's advocates to tell the people what's good for them. Belle what about things like banning smoking in public places and restaurants or are you only talking about food-I remember the NYC attempt by Mayor Bloomberg on the size of soda cups that on...
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

It was one of the better-produced scenes in the Melbourne Ring (director Neil Armfield, who did the Hamlet in another contemporary thread).
The Valkyries descended from the skies, and attached the fallen warriors to slings which were then raised into the flies.
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Domingo William Tell!

To be frank, I think he is clinging on. I think he's still a fine singer, but the voice has deteriorated from when he was one of the greatest. I heard him sing Boccanegra at the Met, and the other singers had to scale back a bit when on stage with him. Maybe he just can't face retirement.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

Looks pretty good to me. The horses are recognisably equine. Sounds like he's gone to town on the Valkyries and the dead, but there's a lot of music, and a need for something to be happening on stage.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Domingo William Tell!

I can see why the translator is free! :D
In my last opinion column for The Age, I had Google translate it into Latin and gave it to the opinion editor as a joke. Of course, it probably made more sense and was better written than the English version!
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Actually, the younger Horowitz is when he was at his best, Belle. YOu should try his Sony set of live recitals in Carnegie Hall, during which he tackled a wide repertoire with considerable success. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61y42GuxBEL.jpg I didn't notice that when it came ou...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Your list of piano recitals makes me ashamed I don't make a greater effort these days. I like competitions because of the concentration of so much piano music within a very short space of time. And I enjoy the comments of Gerard Willems! A lovely man completely without ego. But the 85 minute drive ...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Which in turn reminds me of a great pun. An Irish friend was walking in the office and his shoe broke. He immediately burst into song: "You picked a fine time to leave me, Loose Heel."
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Go on, you know it's funny.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

Yes. His latest release, Schubert, confirms your view.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 641

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

And Universal released a huge set, which tends in my mind to confirm your estimation, John.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Lance says young people have turned off classical music. In Australia this week we had Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett (also a former federal Arts Minister who tried to kill the Australian National Academy of Music but was defeated) slagging off former Prime Minister Paul Keating, a noted Mah...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Piano competitions changed pianism, there's no doubt. We became fixated on accuracy and articulation, which has helped lead to the mass of soloists today who are technically superb but have relatively little to say. Many of them are Asian, because that's where the interest is moving. Lots of them ar...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Re Horowitz, I'm in the middle. As I heard a preacher say once, that's why God gave us divided buttocks, so we could sit on the fence. :D I think he is a genius capable of sometimes lazy or pro forma performances - he belonged to a more casual age. But he's not usually my first choice in most repert...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1168

Re: Is the piano recital dying

This thread took off a bit while my attention was elsewhere. How gratifying! I love piano recitals, and in Melbourne we have a really fine auditorium now, seating about 1000. Re Holden Fourth, yes, it is very hard outside Melbourne and Sydney. Musica Viva brings out top pianists who tour the country...