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by barney
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 378

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I know nothing of the feral rock concerts, but I certainly don't disagree. The opera house should be unsullied by any advertising or even light shows; I am very happy to agree with that too.
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 104
Views: 32939

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

$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2272840#utm_source=ArkivMusic_NL&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=WS-10122018&utm_content=Szell-Columbia Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't h...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 378

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

Interesting, I was not aware of the use of the "sails" other than the non-commercial light shows. It will be interesting to see how, in the end, it all turns out. Who can actually make a final decision about this? I agree 100% with these comments from Brendan O'Neill about the 'advertising' on SOH:...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 16
Views: 378

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

That the Opera House sails have been used for tawdry advertising in the past doesn't make it right now, I suggest. I think all advertising on the sails should be banned. New Year's Eve light shows are different. The rise of gambling ads in Australia has been a real blight and I utterly loathe them. ...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 18
Views: 434

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Six fictional priests chosen by Stephen Hough: http://www.stephenhough.com/files/index_90_2159693248.pdf This was really interesting, thanks for posting. I was quite unaware of most of the films. As a teen, I loved the Father Brown stories, and I quite enjoy the current TV series, though my watchin...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 18
Views: 434

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Hough first came to my notice, and I think many others', with his recording of two Hummel piano concertos on Chandos. It's a winner, and so is the music. I've had that one since it was first issued, and I agree with you. You can hear premonitions of Chopin very clearly in the music, which I play at...
by barney
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 18
Views: 434

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Not sure I want to read "gritty" and "sticky" gay sex scenes - well, actually, I'm sure I don't - but apart from that it looks like a really interesting book.
by barney
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

JohnF is right - rather unrestrained. I intend no disrespect but she was also the subject a great one-line by Clive James in the Observer in 1979: "Tosca in Tokyo featured Montserrat Caballe. The Japanese were impressed. It was clear that they hadn’t seen anything that size since the battleship Miss...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG

I didn't get it, as I have nearly all the recordings anyway.
But that Amazon price - is that genuine? Is anyone actually paying that or is it some algorhytm or computer trick?
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 715

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

You do know, Brian, that if we are destined to have and addiction or disease, I cannot find a better one that collecting recordings and actually listening to as much music as we possibly can in the time available. Quite so!! As it stands, I buy 2-4 single CDs/month: only the cream of the crop will ...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 648

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Bernstrein recorded many of the symphonies - not, I think, a complete set - and he is always worth listening to. Very individual approach. My only complete set is Jarvi, but Haitink and Karajan also recorded many. I think the new Andris Nelsons set at Boston will be well worth collecting. He's start...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 648

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I love the Babi Yar symphony just as you do, Barney, and your review was one of the strongest and most poetic I have read. KUDOS for that. But I do not share your slighting of the Prokofiev Sinfonietta. You should know that that work is more popular in Chicago than in many places because Dieter Kob...
by barney
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 648

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I attended both the Western premiere of XIII in Philadelphia w/Ormandy conducting while I was attending Villanova and studying the Russian language (we read Yevtushenko's poetry in class), as well as Masur's performence with Yevtushenko reading his poetry before a rapt audience, and have both recor...
by barney
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Boheme
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Met Boheme

Barney we're down here in kennett square PA-the mushroom capital of America-you were in nyc and didn't tell us! Len :lol: I was with a group on a program, or I would certainly have tried to meet whatever members of CMG could make it. The loss is entirely mine. I remember with delight our 2016 lunch...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 648

Sublime Shostakovich

I mentioned in the boheme thread that I have just been in the US on an interfaith program in Chicago and New York, and spoke of my disappointment at missing the Met debut of Australian soprano Nicole Car. However, I was able to escape (with permission) one night in Chicago, and went to the CSO and M...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

Ferras' Beethoven concerto was greatly admired for a long time, though it has been well overtaken now. I haven't played it for years because I have at least 40 accounts, and Ferras is not in the top 20 for me. Another violinist whom JohnF does not esteem is in my top 20 accounts, and that is Frances...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Boheme
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Met Boheme

I just got back today from the US - I had three days in Chicago and four in New York (including the day of this opera), but on a program schedule. I had been desperate to go to this Boheme, because Nicole Car is a soprano I love. She hasn't got a big voice, but it is finely tuned and very flexible, ...
by barney
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

I have heard many say that Nilsson did not come up so well in recordings as live (though she was pretty damn marvellous in many or most recordings, which is testimony to how much presence she must have had on stage). Of the sopranos of the last century I regret most never having heard her or Schwarz...
by barney
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on the Bernstein centennial
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Re: Alex Ross on the Bernstein centennial

Thanks John
This is probably the best piece I've read so far on Bernstein's centenary.
Fair-minded and informative.
by barney
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 1090

Re: Which streaming service?

I have checked with my friend about the streaming service he mentioned, which had been highly recommended. It is called Tidal. He says it has an emphasis on classical and huge repertoire. And the premium service offers streaming at full CD quality. So I hope someone tries it out. Streaming is not fo...
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 1090

Re: Which streaming service?

Someone mentioned another streaming service with vastly better sound quality, and recordings much less compressed. I will try to find out what it is, and post it here. Spotify does compress files quite a lot, I believe. I too am in the CD camp, and not interested in streaming, though I do love histo...
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1791

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:46 am
I choose to resign from this thread, for it is clear that it is turning into a pissing contest, and on CMG I will avoid that at all costs.
Fair enough, of course, but I wasn't seeing it as that. I was enjoying some intelligent debate and interesting examples.
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1791

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:50 pm
barney wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:55 pm
but so far work intervenes too much.
Barney work-what's work? Regards, Len [retired for 18 years!] :lol:
Work is the curse of the drinking classes, Len (as Wilde, I think, put it).
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

That is obviously his program for late 2018. He is giving recitals in Melbourne and Sydney in October, and this is the Melbourne program: MENDELSSOHN Fantasy in F-sharp minor, op 28 BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 24 in F-sharp major, op 78 BRAHMS Eight Piano Pieces, op 76 BRAHMS Seven Fantasias, op 116 J...
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

Yes, thanks Donald - what a really interesting interview, combining good research and good questions.
by barney
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

It is entirely possible for Jbuck and Belle both to be right: he may be a great theorist and a dense, complicated writer. Academia simply abounds with examples, particularly in the areas I studied of philosophy and theology. Hegel, anyone? Rosen has been on my shelf for decades, but I haven't gone ...
by barney
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1791

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

For me, other perhaps under-appreciated Britten works would be his Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Symphony, although I prefer the first two. Just finished my hearing of the " War Requiem ". As I noted, I am not much of choral fan, but there certainly were nice moments , and I agree was ...
by barney
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1791

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

from Peter Grimes (which I saw in Paris in 1981 with Jon Vickers) to the Serenade for Tenor and Horn Barney some nice guy in this forum gave me a laser disk of Vickers doing Grimes-superb--Vickers was just mesmerizing even if Britten didn't care for it! Then the Met did it in a pretty lousy product...
by barney
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

It is entirely possible for Jbuck and Belle both to be right: he may be a great theorist and a dense, complicated writer. Academia simply abounds with examples, particularly in the areas I studied of philosophy and theology. Hegel, anyone? Rosen has been on my shelf for decades, but I haven't gone b...
by barney
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1791

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Always ready to thrust my oar in where it is neither needed nor wanted, I add my voice to the majority. I think Britten is a genius, from Peter Grimes (which I saw in Paris in 1981 with Jon Vickers) to the Serenade for Tenor and Horn or the Donne sonnets. I'm happy to accept that he hasn't "clicked"...
by barney
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

Does "after Beethoven" include Schubert (born later, died a year later)?
That's a possibly contentious claim, John. Verdi, Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich would all have their advocates, don't you think. Or others perhaps.
by barney
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3

It is justly famous. It is one of the finest responses to criticism I have encountered. One might even say it is a fine (if emotional) piece of criticism itself.
by barney
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

You are quite right, John, but - as a professional sub-editor for decades - I'd have been pleased to find that level of literacy among many native speakers. Some time I may post some of my favourite howlers, but most of them are not musical.
by barney
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

Thanks for posting this, John, it makes me feel better. As I wrote above, I investigated it and was keen to buy but not to spend $A100. You've made that decision seem very wise.
by barney
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Buywell

I get the same thing, and I'm in Australia. I wonder if their domain name lapsed and they failed to renew, and the Canadian firm bought it? Pure speculation. Or they may indeed have gone under.
by barney
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

I just ordered it now from the Book Depository, $16.60 incl. postage. Wow! A bargain for sure! I just finished listening to the Brilliant set this past Spring, and, as Lance says, the Schubert is sublime, and the other solo works are just OK for a young artist, but the works with orchestra suffer f...
by barney
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2073

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

I just ordered it now from the Book Depository, $16.60 incl. postage.
by barney
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps) #1
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps)

What a wonderful story. Did she sing the part?
I imagine they had to play something else.
by barney
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2171

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

From Australia, he seems a real loss - a man of integrity, who never lost his sense of perspective. I'm sure his years in captivity had much to do with that. One of my heroes growing up was Keith Miller, an Australian cricketer who had been a WWII fighter pilot. Someone once asked him about the pres...
by barney
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata

According to Swafford's biography of Brahms - and this is a distant memory now - Brahms played a new sonata by another composer at a recital, which received scant applause. The rest of the recital being rapturously received, as an encore Brahms played the whole sonata again. :lol:
by barney
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

And I'd love to get O Paradiso too, but Amazon's cheapest is $57. Too much.
by barney
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

I find myself strangely interested too. But I cannot find how much it costs to ship to Australia without first paying for the book. I've contacted the listed shop to ask.
by barney
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: domingo 150 roles!

It looks like you are using Photobucket, Len - not a program I know. In the stickies at the top of CMG, there's one saying don't use attachments, they take up far too much space, giving alternative instructions. But my own pictures are not at Amazon or online where I can click on properties, etc , a...
by barney
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: domingo 150 roles!

It looks lovely, Len, and the house looks light-filled. And your grass is in beautiful shape. Hope the cherry picker didn't affect that. I live just below Ferntree Gully National Park in what was once an outer suburb of Melbourne (30km from the central city). The city now extends another 20km in tha...
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: domingo 150 roles!

I understand Len. I've had to spend thousands of dollars on having trees pruned or even taken down, plus we have to get council approval every time. Once they said no, the big branch was fine, only for it to fall within two days!
But you wouldn't swap for a gardenless apartment.
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm lived here!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1291

Re: Karl Böhm lived here!!

Congratulations.
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: domingo 150 roles!

What a treasure the Met is, Len. Opera Australia is a really fine company, and rarely fails to satisfy, but it does just a fraction of the operas in Melbourne the Met does so superlatively (on average) in New York. If I lived there, I'd be so greedy...
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1361

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Well, as an American lady once said, if English was good enough for St Paul (in the King James Bible), it's good enough for everyone!
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm lived here!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1291

Re: Karl Böhm lived here!!

I gather Bohm may have had more Nazi inclinations than Furtwangler, but I have only read loosely around the topic, and don't really want to blacken his name. I treasure many of his recordings. Sue, what is the story with your children today, now that things have settled slightly? I hope they are rel...
by barney
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: domingo 150 roles!

It beggars belief, really. I heard him at the Met as Simone Boccanegra. Flawed, and a little weak, but still amazing, and I can proudly say I heard Domingo live.