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by barney
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

Dear Belle, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of distress. So young to have so many troubles...... :( Thanks so much for your empathetic comments. My sister became very upset talking about it yesterday. It was probably very good for your sister to let go a bit. Norm...
by barney
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 9
Views: 69

Re: Met's new season announced

Barry, until fairly recently I did much as you say. Now in my mid-70s, which has slowed me down physically, and with over half a century of memories of great performances here and abroad both live and on records, I'm spoiled for the everyday, even here in NYC. Next time you're over here, I could sh...
by barney
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 9
Views: 69

Re: Met's new season announced

How I wish I lived in New York and had pots of money! I'd want to go to everything on that list. But I'm going to The Nose on Wednesday, and that looks pretty exciting. Barney you'll just have to come back to nyc! Where are you seeing The Nose? Regards, Len Lenny, I would love to. And have another ...
by barney
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 9
Views: 69

Re: Met's new season announced

JohnF's position is entirely reasonable, but not really one I share. I tend to go to as much as I can both because live music is about the best thing I can imagine and because how do you know when you are at the very best if haven't sat through plenty of what is not? And even in drab performances th...
by barney
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 9
Views: 69

Re: Met's new season announced

How I wish I lived in New York and had pots of money!
I'd want to go to everything on that list.
But I'm going to The Nose on Wednesday, and that looks pretty exciting.
by barney
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

What a classic!! Another Aussie with a great sense of humour. Only one of my four children has taken to serious music and I bought him the book ' Music in the Castle of Heaven " for Christmas. The other day I was talking to my healer and friend (GP). I said it worried me that I had trouble recallin...
by barney
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: The Huberman Violin

It must be unutterably tragic to suffer such a loss, and never know what happened. Like a family member who goes missing.
by barney
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I read that book in 1971 when a much-beloved boyfriend/adonis lent it to me. Last week I was at a funeral in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast (erstwhile abode of Spike Milligan) and I kept thinking of the comedian; he called it 'an above-ground cemetery'. The day the deceased was interred last week...
by barney
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Sea of Blood
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Met Sea of Blood

Another perspective on the Met Parsifal : http://observer.com/2018/02/opera-review-met-opens-yannick-nezet-seguins-transcendent-parsifal/ Cheers. Thank you for your interesting contribution. I did have to turn off Ad Block to read that page, but it was worth it. Now why do we only have 20 posts fro...
by barney
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: kosky interview ny times

I agree, Belle. I'd still go to her live performances because she is a very fine pianist, but on almost any given work she's recorded she would not be in my first 5 or 10 preferences. I find her a bit anonymous now.
by barney
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I think the younger generations think we oldies are neanderthals and luddites. They have the technological 'smarts' and seem to be running things; we have the cash and the experience and they're below us with their hands open waiting for us to fall off the perch - and take our bloody boring music w...
by barney
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: The Huberman Violin

Sometimes it could be a wealthy patron, today (not then) it could be crowdfunding, it could be a massive loan underwritten by someone. Do you know he has family money, or that simply a logical assumption?
by barney
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: kosky interview ny times

Yes, 83 here today. Vastly more pleasant than 100.
by barney
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Love the story.
What sort of car is it, Belle? I presume it's a hybrid/electric model? I've only driven one once, and it would take a little getting used to.
by barney
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: The Huberman Violin

Yes, I loved it too. But he passes over how he managed to beat the collector, who presumably had pots of money, and I would have liked to know that.
by barney
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: kosky interview ny times

It's 97 in sunny Melbourne, and I'm huddled with the dogs in the study with the air con going. I interviewed Kosky for an article that ran last Saturday in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Here's the link, though it's not especially interesting unless you are likely to see his production of The No...
by barney
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg

I reckon Arrau was one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters. And when he played Schubert, he was one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters. And when he played Chopin, ditto. Everything seemed to sound like Beethoven: intense, serious, noble, proportionate. But a truly great pianist.
by barney
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Mahler Survey

I actually conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra doing Beethoven 7 for about a minute. They were doing a promotion at the local station, giving passers-by a minute burst of conducting a chamber-sized group, and I was sent down to cover it. Despite my embarrassment - I had a lot to lose as occas...
by barney
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Mahler Survey

[...] It might have been easier to list the great conductors who did NOT make fine Mahler recordings! [...] And he's even forgotten Abravanel, Bertini, Fischer and De Waart. ;) And he didn't mention me, conducting in my living room. Of course, he hasn't had the ill-fortune, as my wife has, of actua...
by barney
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Now it's Copley

Sorry, I should explain incorrigible in that setting means unable to be corrected by others.
by barney
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Now it's Copley

Well, it was a silly and offensive thing to say, and if the chorister was as offended as he says he was then I can't argue - one's own emotions are incorrigible, as the philosophers say - but I agree that it is a huge over-reaction. The only thing that justifies disciplining Copley, to my mind, is t...
by barney
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Sea of Blood
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Met Sea of Blood

Also strikes me as something as a cliche now. More than one production has taken Amfortas' wound as menstrual blood.
Ah, these directors are so clever...
by barney
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Mahler Survey

There are so many outstanding recordings of Mahler symphonies I find it impossible to choose favorites among them . But this is true of so many other composers with me. Just to go alphabetically , all of these conductors have made memorable Mahler recordings: Abbado, Boulez Bernstein Barbirolli Cha...
by barney
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 510

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

I agree with Brian. If you did a tribute now, it would be seen as a political statement, probably one diminishing the seriousness of sexual abuse of power. For myself, I will still listen to the many Levine recordings I treasure. I'll be listening to the notes, not thinking about the moral deficienc...
by barney
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

Sorry, I see Brian has already mentioned the Nocturnes. Good taste, Brian! :)
by barney
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Music in times of distress

Gee, Belle, tough times. Sorry to hear about them. My go-to music when sorrow or despair is overwhelming has always been the slow movement of Schubert's D956 string quintet. After that, the slow movement from Beethoven's Emperor, Chopin's Nocturnes (esp 27/2) and a long line of Mozart and Schubert p...
by barney
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’

stark period dress naturalism.
Presumably this critic likes his Ring set in an Armenian brothel or Texas gas station. A goose. (Even if it is Zachary Woolfe, which in fact it is.)
by barney
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’

I thought it a rather ungenerous review. The critic didn't have to emphasise how good this Azucena is by insulting another, and you - of all people, Len - would not appreciate, as I did not, his unsubtle put-down of David McVicar. Personally, I like McVicar and I like realistic naturalism (or whatev...
by barney
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings

Review for Sydney Morning Herald. Obviously there is magnificent agreement! CLASSICAL Eileen Joyce piano The Complete Studio Recordings (Decca Eloquence) 5/5 Universal Music Australia has done sterling work in preserving the legacy of this country’s greatest classical musicians, none more important ...
by barney
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

Delightful stories, thank you John and Lance. I can't believe Rubinstein actually said that!
by barney
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 1210

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I used the Port Authority 4 times a day in my month-long New York visit, because I was staying the other side of the river. I saw a lot of homeless people, but not usually sleeping. There were a lot of authorities, who possibly kept them moving. I never felt unsafe.
by barney
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 1210

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I don't know that I've ever been in the sort of cold the East Coast of the US is going through. I have pictures of myself as a toddler in London building a snowman, but I haven't touched snow for nearly 40 years, since I was last in Europe in winter. But in Sydney yesterday it got to 47 celsius, whi...
by barney
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women

parsifal wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:33 am
Are we also changing the end of Otello in order to support women who are killed in operas?
K. Nilsson
Remove the abuse and misery from Berg's Lulu, and the opera runs for about seven minutes!
by barney
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:33 am
lennygoran wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:13 am
rough out in the garden.
Off the Cape Cod National Seashore right now, sharks are at risk from cold shock.

Image
Is that a recent picture of Dutoit? Obviously something fishy there...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

It's one of the first opera recordings I ever heard, and it knocked me out. I also loved her Barber with Luigi Alva and Tito Gobbi, which was my introduction to Callas. She was a real minx, so much more characterful than most recorded Rosinas. Wonderful. This article, unthinkable in an Australian pa...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Wow! Here we are, talking about Toscanini and Bernstein again. I think your perception, Barney, comes from living in Australia, where Toscanini's influence, while felt in the style of conducting of your music makers, was not as strong as it was here in the U. S. Toscanini reinvented music-making: c...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Bernstein's fame, I'd say, comes mainly from "West Side Story." He was not celebrated as a conductor nearly as much outside the United States and, in his later years, in Vienna. On the other hand, perhaps you don't appreciate the breadth and depth and extentof Toscanini's fame. If not for this fame...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4715

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Well good on the two of you for speaking up.
When I saw those posts, I didn't know what to do - I was embarrassed to read them. I thought replying might give them some sort of legitimacy. I now think it would have been better to question them immediately. Sorry, JohnF.
by barney
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

The answers are yes, and because it's true. :) Yes, agreed - Toscanini was the most famous of his time....he defined "Conductor" or "Maestro" for at least a generation [or two]... John didn't just say "of his time", he said "of any time". Does that alter it for you at all? The two that I raise as r...
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89

And I hope it exceeds your expectations, Lenny. What a fabulous opera - hard to ruin it. But directors can manage it.
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Well, I don't agree.
Fame is a nebulous term, of course.
On sales, Karajan is vastly ahead, and was known as Europe's music director.
Bernstein, thanks to television and his multi-platforms, was known to at least as wide an audience, I reckon.
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Was Toscanini more famous than Bernstein or Karajan? Why do you make that claim?
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89

I never heard of her either, but she seems to have done a fine job with Puccini's legacy - protective but not oversensitive. Insofar as one can judge from this article, that is.
by barney
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein exhibition
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Leonard Bernstein exhibition

I wish I were ... both for the meeting and for the exhibition...
by barney
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 673

Re: Season's Greetings

Off to Godzone, eh? A wise decision. Most beautiful country, acre by acre, on earth.
Happy Christmas and all other festivals you may observe (or not) to my fellow CMGers.
by barney
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Penderecki

Just caught up with this thread. Belle, I presume the fires stayed away from you? Bush fire season in Australia ranges from disconcerting to terrifying to fatal.
by barney
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4715

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: 4960

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: 99
Views: 4715

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: 99
Views: 4715

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 ...