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by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

I've been impressed by Yundi Li.
Both Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are highly gifted musicians, and I have enjoyed live concerts by both, whereas I haven't heard Li live. But a couple of CDs are impressive.
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"

I'm not going to bet against you on that.
Which oratorios have you most enjoyed so far? To my shame, I know only a few of them.
by barney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game

Thanks for posting this Lenny. What do you think? I'm not sure about Pamina freeing herself and then teaching Tamino. Never sure about feminist readings of older operas. In Kaspar Holten's Meistersinger, co-production between Covent Garden, Beijing and Opera Australia, in Melbourne last November, Ev...
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

So I played the Rubinstein/Toscanini Beethoven 3, and was not so impressed. I sometimes find Toscanini too driven and relentless, and I don't think he let Rubinstein breathe as he does in other performances.
Back to the Emperor. Today I will try to listen to the Krips recording Lance recommended.
by barney
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food. Was out this am ( Tues. 2/12 ) at 5:15 am, 11:30am, and 3:30 pm to shovel off snow. Right now, 7:00 pm 2/12 here , winds are gustin...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Elisso Wirssaladze

Not until right now, Brian! :D
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sounds like a good excuse for staying indoors with your hifi and a bottle of good Australian red. Venture out again in spring. Young, fit people can deliver your food.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising? Not just promising, extraordinary, because Rubinstein and Toscanini never performed that concerto together. Their one collaboration was in the ...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Well said, John F. Someguy doesn't bother me at all, and I enjoyed reading his perspective, but I think your response is compelling.
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Do I have anything to say about that, John? Of course. One, "modernism" has to do with quite a lot more than just atonality, which is a term originally coined to describe music that everyone in the world would now recognize as being tonal. And even if "atonality" can be supplied some reasonable con...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising?
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Yes, I have that set, Brian. It is really fine. One of the first versions I really loved was the Leitner/Kempff, and later I got to love the Van Kempen, which might be more poetic, but less "authoritative". I'm sorry to say, I don't really know the Peter Raabe. I didn't play it when I got the set be...
by barney
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

The wines look very classy, Sue. I love the logo. The prices are beyond my daily tippling, by and large.
I hear of major fire threats to the Hunter Valley. I hope the Blue Mountains are ok? We had blessed rain today and a top of about 22 Celsius.
by barney
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 710

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

My collection contains more than 50 accounts of the Emperor, though I am sure that pales into insignificance compared with Lance. So it's almost impossible to single out favourites. Nevertheless, I am going to nominate Wilhelm Kempff, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Brendel, Emil Gilels and Clifford Curzon.
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Well I'm patriotically glad you are drinking Australian. South-Eastern, I have to say, is scraping the bottom of the barrel (not literally) because the grapes aren't even sourced by state. It's obviously drawn from the overflow from a variety of vineyards. But in the serendipity of these things, it ...
by barney
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tanglewood expansion
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: Tanglewood expansion

It sounds great. Wonderful that people have this sort of ambition.
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Sue, how awful. Terrifying. I just looked up watoday, and it seems the firefighters have stopped the onslaught but have not brought it under control. When I insulted Ben Ean moselle, I did not intend to insult your son, obviously, especially as he wasn't making it. Lindemans have been a major label ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I know almost nothing of Hunter Valley wines. Not because they are less good - obviously very fine wines emerge from the region - but because you can't specialise everywhere. I know far more about the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, and some West Aus...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Fascinating stuff, Sue. When I was young ,40 years ago, Ben Ean moselle was Australia's biggest selling white wine. It was very sweet and sticky, and appropriate for 1980. I loathed it - always went for dry wines. But I presume your son has taken over that vineyard? I like the sound of reviving the ...
by barney
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

People my age in Australia got their university education free! No longer of course; students take on crippling debt. And when I began my PhD in 1993, all tuition was on a scholarship.
We were certainly the lucky generation, as our children constantly remind us.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD

Well Lance, your recommendations are pretty good. I might see if I can follow this up.
BTW, I got a Christmas card email from Goran Filipec. Really kind.
by barney
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Lance, you have such a soft heart! :D And we love you for it.
by barney
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Yes. I've drunk a lot of Penfolds Koonunga Hill which is about $A15, but never had their signature wine Grange. The latest vintage, 2013, is about $750 a bottle; older vintages costs thousands. My favourite wine-growing area in Australia is Coonawarra, a small area about 50km by 20km (from memory). ...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor. (That's a JOKE by my doctor.) Barney when I go for my checkups my doctor always asks about the wine consumption-by now she knows the answer and just shakes her head and moves on. Regards, Len :) Doctors always mentally double what you tell them, ...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Gorgeous pix Lennie. I can't fathom how any of you cope with this. I've never experienced anything like it. No need to give up the red. My doctor gave me a very helpful rule of thumb on drinking too much: when you drink more than your doctor does. It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor...
by barney
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Gorgeous pix Lennie. I can't fathom how any of you cope with this. I've never experienced anything like it. No need to give up the red. My doctor gave me a very helpful rule of thumb on drinking too much: when you drink more than your doctor does. It's just a matter of finding an appropriate doctor....
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Absolute classics. We probably both cut our teeth on Pete and Dud, along with Not Only But Also, At Last the 1948 Show, Goons etc. Also, though less anarchic but very funny, Flanders and Swan. Did you see Tony Hancock? Yes, indeed. And, no, I didn't ever see Tony Hancock - who died in our country. ...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I've always felt it was easier to warm up when cold than to cool down when hot. That might be because I'm overweight. But when I say easy to warm up, I'm thinking from 5 or 6 Celsius, which is about as cold as it gets in Melbourne or Sydney, not 30 below. Of course it might well get colder in the Bl...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Certainly a relevant observation. But I don't believe it disproves any of my observations. The late Beethoven quartets make more intensive demands of the listener - that is my claim. If they make more intensive demands of the performers also, so be it.
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Your story bears enough resemblance to fact, since it names Menuhin and he did play concerts in Moscow, that it was fair to assume you were telling us something about Menuhin in Moscow, not a fiction having nothing to do with him or anybody else. It doesn't even work as a joke, as all those music-l...
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Absolute classics. We probably both cut our teeth on Pete and Dud, along with Not Only But Also, At Last the 1948 Show, Goons etc. Also, though less anarchic but very funny, Flanders and Swan. Did you see Tony Hancock?
by barney
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

It's a joke, John. It bears no resemblance to fact whatsoever, and no such claim was ever made. The funny thing, the point of the joke, is the enormous sacrifice made by the marchers thinking he is a singer. There is this build up of commitment, and the denouement is they have missed the point. Obvi...
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

It's all quite extraordinary, Lance and Rach3. Pity we can't alternate with each other every hour, so that as one set of weather becomes intolerable it is replaced. I've never felt 30 below. I'm sure that would kill quite quickly in the wrong circumstances. You may or may not have experienced 115.
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I've probably raised expectations too high with my Menuhin joke. It's actually more fun to tell than to hear, and it needs to be heard rather than read. Menuhin is returning to Russia on a grand tour that has raised international anticipation. The first recital is in Moscow in the leading hall. But ...
by barney
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

I agree Lance. I'm probably just dropping into repetition now, as I find it very hard to put into words. Both Haydn and Schubert speak directly to the listener in their string quartets partly because the emotion is much closer to the surface. In late Beethoven quartets as in some Bach, like the cell...
by barney
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1948

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

His greatest days were his earliest,by and large. The Elgar premiere for example. I heard him play the Beethoven at the Albert Hall (with nearly 5000 others - it's too big) and he was really good. But he's more celebrated as a humanitarian even than as a violinist. I have nearly everything he record...
by barney
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

That's what the firefighters said: if the worst comes to the worst, you are safer inside, but not in your bathroom because you usually can't see from there. Move around the house, as the fire moves, and if you can't stay inside, find a place that has already burnt. I think it would be colossally ter...
by barney
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

the lovely simplicity of Haydn Of course I have to respond to that. Some of Haydn's music is indeed lovely, but simple? His contemporaries didn[t think so and neither do I. Just a sample of the rougher, more challenging Haydn, the minuet from his op. 76 no. 2: H6KuI81BoOY https://www.youtube.com/wa...
by barney
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Chopin biography
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: A new Chopin biography

Thanks JohnF, very entertaining and informative. Readers, don't overlook the very clever headline.
by barney
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

I went last week to a bushfire session run by the fire brigade because I am about 60 metres from a large natural reserve and less than a kilometre downhill from a national park, from which embers would easily reach my property. They said the ground is drier than almost ever since records began, more...
by barney
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Where is "here", Rach3?
by barney
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Further to that, Beethoven certainly aimed to communicate, but he wasn't willing to compromise much either. For me, only Bach gets that deep, and he is not always easy to listen to either. Not because the music is untuneful, but because there is so much happening at such a level that it is challengi...
by barney
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2194

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

It's precisely that meaningful complexity that is lacking in much late XXth Century music, which may be complex all right, but lacks meaning to the musical ear. Well said. Even in his late piano sonatas and late string quartets I am convinced Beethoven was thinking of , wanting to communicate with,...
by barney
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6709

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Well, we have the opposite problem. Today is going to be 44 degrees C, which is 111 in fahrenheit. It's hard to breathe in such heat, and people die. Nor will it be the first 40-plus day this month; more like the fifth. Yesterday (Thursday) was 41 (105).
It seems the extremes are worsening everywhere.
by barney
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 3499

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

Sorry John
I did that from memory, obviously wrong. As you know, once you hit reply you don't see the thread, and I didn't bother to go back and check. Apologies to both of you.
by barney
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 2647

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I am completely gobsmacked by Barney's collection as mine is incredibly modest by comparison. Incredibly. It's the sum total of a life that we're talking about. And technology has meant that these great cultural artifacts no longer have very much value in the smorgasbord of music streaming. Books. ...
by barney
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 2647

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I don't know about you, ladies and gents, but I'm taking my collection with me - every single book, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. Nothing will be left behind:) You remind me of Spike Milligan in his comic novel Puckoon. In it old Dan Milligan creates consternation when he dies and leaves all his money to h...
by barney
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new play about Toscanini
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Re: A new play about Toscanini

In the sentence below, what does "ghost" mean?

When Mainardi, seeking to stay on good terms with the “Teutonic delinquents” back in Europe, ghosts Toscanini, who has moved to New York, political and personal betrayal intertwine.
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 3499

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

JohnF says Walter liked it loud and brassy, but not always according to one of my favourite musical quotes:
"Already too loud!" - Bruno Walter, at his first rehearsal with an American orchestra, on seeing them reach for their instruments.
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 3499

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

big, brassy and loud I reckon that's why the Chicago is my favorite American band. Yup!! :D same here - My training was at Eastman School [Rochester, NY], which was real Chicago, New York, Cleveland territory... I've always loved these orchestras....When the big climax comes, I want to get blown ou...