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by barney
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin from his hospital bed
Replies: 2
Views: 62

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: 15
Views: 313

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: 113

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: 113

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: 151

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: 263

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: 383

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: 383

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: 383

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: 1498

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: 403

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: 942

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: 1498

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: 942

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: 359

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: 242

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: 288

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: 359

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: 942

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: 942

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: 75
Views: 3948

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: 1218

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: 586

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: 1916

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: 1916

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: 586

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: 610

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: 1125

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: 847

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: 847

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: 1903

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: 1916

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: 1916

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: 1125

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: 1903

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

Did you bring some for the whole class, Mr Hill?
by barney
Sun May 20, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1125

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

Sorry, Belle, it's Lance who's been reading the book. Lance, what do you think about my comments a couple of posts ago? I wouldn't expect a psychiatrist to discuss music in the terms Belle mentions, but general questions such as why some music appeals to people generally and other music doesn't mig...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1916

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

True, but the better the orchestra the more they should respond to the musical ability of a fine conductor. Or is that naive? How did the NYPO make Mitropoulos' life a misery? Any conductor needs a strong personality - the better the orchestra, the more the need for both musical ability and strengt...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fulop Ranki live
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Fulop Ranki live

Over-heard in the audience : “ Is it warm in here ? Not for violinists.” Some here, maybe all, know the origin of that joke. The occasion was Jascha Heifetz's sensational American debut at Carnegie Hall in 1917, age 16. Mischa Elman and Leopold Godowski were sitting together in the audience and Elm...
by barney
Tue May 15, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zimmermann,Jansons play Prokofieff VC # 1 live
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Zimmermann,Jansons play Prokofieff VC # 1 live

Janssons and the BRSO were in NY in April 2016 in my much treasured trip, and my friend Russell and I went to hear them twice. In one they did the Leningrad. Magnificent. The other: Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35: Leonidas Kavakos vln Dvorak: Symphony...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1916

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I remember Brigitte Fassbaender saying of Carlos Kleiber ("Traces to Nowhere").."Carlos Kleiber was a dictator through and through, but very human with it". A strong personality is a pre-requisite for a successful conductor...you have to have it if you're going to get in front of 80 Heifetz/virtuos...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Musical claims to fame

That's delicious Belle. I especially loved the third one. Did the OA figure know it was the car supposed shortened by a $%*@ yard?
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]

While we are skipping around sopranos who performed in Germany, the successor to Streich for me was Gundula Janowitz, who could be extraordinarily ethereal.
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1916

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Fascinating article. But I don't believe conductors can behave as Toscanini or Szell did any more. By and large relations between musicians and conductor have become more collaborative, though some still wield strong authority (I've heard Thielemann is one). I don't mind authority, but abuse is a di...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]

I think I love Jurinac's voice even more than Seefried's. She is similar to Rita Streich, another pure-toned post-war German soprano whom I know Lance and JohnF and Brian, among others, will be very familiar with. Jurinac and Seefried combined in some Mozart opera, if I recall aright. I listen to a ...
by barney
Sun May 13, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein movies coming
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Bernstein movies coming

Thanks. Please keep us posted if more info emerges, because arthouse stuff often doesn't make its way to Australia.
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera and Ballet Mad Scenes Compared
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Opera and Ballet Mad Scenes Compared

I started this article with some scepticism, especially as the only thing I know about ballet is the music it is performed to. Although, of course, I admire the grace and beauty and agility of its performers, it is merely as an ignorant onlooker. But I found the article really fascinating. Thanks fo...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein movies coming
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Bernstein movies coming

Any more info?
Biopix? Straight documentaries? 1 hour? Movie-length?
I am very interested in these...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Musical claims to fame

Belle wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 12:29 am
I think most have certainly learned to play them!!
:lol:
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

The first complete set of Mozart's Piano Concerti was with Lili Kraus in the 1960's, playing with a pick-up band that was exceedingly awful. I had them on reel-to-reel tape, and they disappointed me to say the least. Then, in the 1970's, Geza Anda's set with himself leading from the keyboard was is...
by barney
Sat May 12, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have long loved these concertos - everything after 9, his first really great piano concerto. Perahia and Uchida are both well worth hearing in all three. Agree , although 1st mov. of # 26 is still a mystery to me. IF I get just one, would be K.467 ( # 21 ), two I'd add K.595 ( # 27 ), 3 K. 271 (#...