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by barney
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 594

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: 44
Views: 594

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: 2143

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: 97
Views: 13326

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: 44
Views: 594

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: 44
Views: 594

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: 2143

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: 2143

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: 135

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: 1622

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: 396

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: 2
Views: 180

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: 396

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: 396

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: 724

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: 641

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: 2278

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: 963

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: 963

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: 1427

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: 2071

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: 2324

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: 2324

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: 2324

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: 4633

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: 2040

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: 3664

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: 4633

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: 3664

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: 1839

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: 1351

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: 1532

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: 1839

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: 3664

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: 3664

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: 97
Views: 13326

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: 2859

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...
by barney
Thu May 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti

All this in the Blue Mountains? Or must you travel to the big smoke?
by barney
Thu May 24, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3278

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I never thought of Klemperer as a talker - both his person and his performances seemed carved from granite. Permanently serious face. Per Wikipedia, "...​after completing the 1939 Los Angeles Philharmonic summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, Klemperer was visiting Boston and was diagnosed with a br...
by barney
Thu May 24, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3278

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

This was Toscanini's NY Phil, then at its peak. I don't suppose Labate talked back to the maestro like that. :) LOL!! No way!! The NYPO did give Rodzinski a hard time tho - He was conducting Mahler's 1st Symphony - sometime in the 30s - rehearsal was not going well, and Rodzinski, he of the Vesuvia...
by barney
Thu May 24, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti

It sounds as though it must have been marvellous. I have a weakness for Scarlatti sonatas, of which I have quite a number - maybe 50-70 - but certainly not 550. We are talking Domenico, I presume - yes of course we are, you mentioned born 1685.
by barney
Wed May 23, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's "Semiramide" (Complete opera)
Replies: 7
Views: 881

Re: Rossini's "Semiramide" (Complete opera)

The Sutherland-Bonynge is the only version I have, somewhat to my surprise. It's not an opera I know well, but I don't feel the lack of an alternative account.
by barney
Wed May 23, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1736

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

Nevertheless, we all speak in generalities often. Of course there are large numbers of people who love contemporary art music, for all sorts of reasons, but the generalisation under discussion - whether by Kenny or the psychiatrist - does not seem unreasonable. Far more people listen to Beyonce or E...
by barney
Mon May 21, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I was born in London because my parents were studying at the Royal Academy of Music. When I was nearly 4 I went back to New Zealand with my mother by ship, the Corinthic. For many years after that I cherished a rubber and wire Goofy the dog toy that I apparently won on an under 5-year-old race aroun...
by barney
Mon May 21, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

IMO, the problem is not so much with the selections, but with the practice of having some kind of solo as a bourgeois divertissement at a British royal wedding. If the Brits want the royals to be more like normal folk (as if wealthy but tasteless were normal), then they are getting what they want. ...
by barney
Mon May 21, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 2519

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Barney, ABC FM has shown zero interest in the Florence Austral story. This surprised us in our group, unless they've already done something on her (in which case they might have said that to our researchers). That's upsetting. I don't know anyone at Classic FM except Mairie Nicholson, but I suppose...
by barney
Mon May 21, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3278

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I'm not saying that deliberately playing wrong notes to test the conductor is brave, but I would say it's pretty brazen. And there are those, such as Pierre Boulez, who have heard wrong notes in the most complex and dissonant modern scores, and corrected them. That's why the New York Philharmonic p...
by barney
Mon May 21, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3278

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Richard Horowitz, long-time timpanist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, told me once about rehearsals for "Elektra" in the early 1950s. Fritz Reiner was the conductor, and some of the players tested him in this way - and Reiner failed the test; he let the mistakes pass. The orchestration of "Ele...
by barney
Sun May 20, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1736

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: 23
Views: 2519

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Did you bring some for the whole class, Mr Hill?