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by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Media Assaulted by Police in Minnesota During Demonstrations
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: Media Assaulted by Police in Minnesota During Demonstrations

What a stupid woman. Playing to the crowd, of course. She'd be far more at home among the violent thugs of the Republican Party. And then there's Al Sharpton..... I agree Maxine Waters should have been more judicious in her public statements, gentlemen. However, measure that against 1000 Black & ot...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Prince Phillip's Funeral
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Prince Phillip's Funeral

Journalism always provides laughs because of the outsize characters. I remember 40 years ago a senior journalist came back from a long liquid lunch at which he had reflected in depth on injustices to himself. He sat down at the typewriter (yes, typewriter), clattered for a moment and rushed into the...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’
Replies: 16
Views: 274

Re: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’

Murdoch is used as a straw man by the Left. They have the vast majority of the media under their control and, as yet unsatisfied by not having all of it, have had to create a dragon to be slayed in the form of Rupert Murdoch. Some people would think they'd be smarter than that, but I'm not one of t...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson in conversation with Bishop Robert Barron
Replies: 14
Views: 255

Re: Jordan Peterson in conversation with Bishop Robert Barron

That cartoon is absolutely brilliant . Nobody wants to talk about dysfunction in remote aboriginal communities, preferring instead to discuss white, middle class female empowerment and feminism. You know you're doing the right thing when the Left melts down. You might like to know that the Left hou...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?

Two decades back, when I was an assistant in classical at the Bellevue, WA Tower store, I had my share of frustrating dealings for which I got the short end. A youth was sent to me with a complaint about a volume in the Cortot's Great Pianists of the Century on Philips. He had a permanent frown and...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?

I don't know how representative this is, but there is interest in historic recordings, and classes about them at some important schools. Allan Evans used to give such talks at Mannes College, and other places, and Mark Ainley still does. Lisa Yui has a course about historic pianists at Manhattan Sc...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did you ever get disappointed after being so elated initially ...
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Did you ever get disappointed after being so elated initially ...

Indeed, Brian: simplicity. So simple in concept, so hard in execution. Was it Schnabel who said of Mozart, "too simple for children, too difficult for adults"? You are quite right about the adagio of D960; indeed, the whole sonata is perfection. I also particularly love (outside the last 3) the firs...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson in conversation with Bishop Robert Barron
Replies: 14
Views: 255

Re: Jordan Peterson in conversation with Bishop Robert Barron

I started watching Belle, but I was irritated by the long plug for his book (the end is the place for that) and then the mutual admiration society between the interlocutors. "Oh you're so wonderful." "Yes I am, and so are you." I may return to it when I have a little time, but given that I haven't g...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’
Replies: 16
Views: 274

Re: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’

Murdoch is used as a straw man by the Left. They have the vast majority of the media under their control and, as yet unsatisfied by not having all of it, have had to create a dragon to be slayed in the form of Rupert Murdoch. Some people would think they'd be smarter than that, but I'm not one of t...
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Prince Phillip's Funeral
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Prince Phillip's Funeral

Well if that anecdote is any guide, the book would indeed be delightful. Sit down in front of that keyboard and get to work.
by barney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?

Love that quotation! Still, I'd love to have a complete edition of Koussevitzky's recordings, 78s and all. I don't think it would sell, however, to people other than dyed-in-the wool people like us. And age? It is ONLY a number, and a man-made number at that, just like the way we keep time. Ever th...
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Prince Phillip's Funeral
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Prince Phillip's Funeral

I'm sure we'd be delighted to read it, Belle. Please do.
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Media Assaulted by Police in Minnesota During Demonstrations
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: Media Assaulted by Police in Minnesota During Demonstrations

What a stupid woman. Playing to the crowd, of course. She'd be far more at home among the violent thugs of the Republican Party.
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’
Replies: 16
Views: 274

Re: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’

Yes, Brian, Murdoch is a common denominator. Also an Anglophone tradition. Australia in theory follows the British Westminster system but today it is only a theory - as, indeed, it is in the UK. Under that system, cabinet ministers took responsibility. Today no one wants to take responsibility, and ...
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Does the "younger" set prefer new or older recordings?

Yes, I do feel that the younger generation(s) are less tolerant of poor sound quality in order to hear the greats. They've grown up with excellent sound quality, and when it's not there they find it obtrusive. Fair enough. Of course at 65 I number myself among the younger generations! :lol: As I've ...
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustavo Dudamel, Superstar Conductor, Is to Lead Paris Opera
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Gustavo Dudamel, Superstar Conductor, Is to Lead Paris Opera

Thanks for these thoughtful comments, Brian. I agree with you.
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’
Replies: 16
Views: 274

Re: Former Aussie Liberal Party PM Malcolm Turnbull skewers Rupert Murdoch & Fox News for creating a ‘market for crazy’

Belle's view will differ from mine. The hard right of the Liberal Party felt Turnbull would have been a good Labour Prime Minister, that he was in the wrong party, and I'm pretty sure that's Belle's position. Mind you, he did one thing right-wingers love - he made pots and pots and pots of money. I,...
by barney
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some Operas I have Seen On Youtube Recently .
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: Some Operas I have Seen On Youtube Recently .

THEHORN wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:53 pm
The sound quality is variable, but never less than OK . and in some cases excellent . You don't have to subscribe to youtube to see any of these .
Well, that's great. thanks for that. The "problem" with this site is that my lists become unimaginably large. :D
by barney
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Alex Jones’s Podcasting Hecklers Face Their Foil’s Downward Slide
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Alex Jones’s Podcasting Hecklers Face Their Foil’s Downward Slide

With America being 14 times the size of Australia in population, it's no wonder you have more loonies (whack-jobs). But Alex Jones is a special case, even for the US.
by barney
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Booster shots and re-vaccinations could be needed. Drug companies are planning for it.
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: Booster shots and re-vaccinations could be needed. Drug companies are planning for it.

The author of this article neglects to state exactly why regular vaccination might be needed. The simple fact of the matter is that none of the current vaccines will prevent you from getting Covid19. Instead, what they are designed to do is to significantly minimise the effects of coronavirus if an...
by barney
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Booster shots and re-vaccinations could be needed. Drug companies are planning for it.
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: Booster shots and re-vaccinations could be needed. Drug companies are planning for it.

The research I've done suggests that the vaccines could minimise any infection to the point where you wouldn't feel ill at all so it's more than a palliative. In many cases Covid just won't get a chance to take hold but this won't apply to everyone. It's the same for the flu jab where there is alwa...
by barney
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Replies: 43
Views: 13401

Re: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

I have most of the piano pieces, and all the symphonic works issued on CD. One day, HOPEFULLY, someone will get around to recording/releasing his chamber music! Welcome to a new member - first post! How wonderful that you entered the arena by reviving a 12-year-old thread. Perhaps you have been vis...
by barney
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Perth’s popular switchback road may reopen after ‘hooning’ forced a car ban
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Perth’s popular switchback road may reopen after ‘hooning’ forced a car ban

What astounded me was the segue to Belle's pet hate, the Left, which suddenly enters, stage right, on a thread about car hoons. Bet you they are not lefty luvvies. Belle only has one topic. Imaginary conversation at home: Husband: Belle, that's a lovely cake. Belle: Because it wasn't cooked by a mem...
by barney
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some Operas I have Seen On Youtube Recently .
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: Some Operas I have Seen On Youtube Recently .

That's a fabulous list. Is the sound quality up to CD standard? My experience of YT is no. Are these available to all, or do you have to subscribe to a channel?
by barney
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A member of the Oath Keepers pleads guilty and will cooperate with prosecutors in the Jan. 6 riot inquiry.
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: A member of the Oath Keepers pleads guilty and will cooperate with prosecutors in the Jan. 6 riot inquiry.

Now that news of his cooperation has got out, I wouldn't give much for his chances for long-term survival with his peace-loving right-wing thug former colleagues.
by barney
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons

Lance wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:29 pm
My CD of this arrived several days back. I haven't had a chance to hear it yet, but like many others, I am very impressed with Grosvenor. For such a young artist, he is wearing his brains very well, I'd say.
Look forward to your verdict, then, Lance.
by barney
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustavo Dudamel, Superstar Conductor, Is to Lead Paris Opera
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Gustavo Dudamel, Superstar Conductor, Is to Lead Paris Opera

I hope you are right. I am sure that whatever happens, it will be lively and interesting. Brian makes interesting and valid points, but I also agree it is easy to dismiss Dudamel because of his constant publicity.
by barney
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons

I remember that article well, Barney, thanks. I've heard the Grosvenor recording as well, and my first impression is that the sonata is a bit tame for my taste, although other works on that CD were truly impressive. I'd like to hear it again soon to form a final opinion, though, as I tend to find m...
by barney
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons

I wonder if he listened to Cziffra's recording. Maybe he didn't, expecting bombast a glittery showmanship. GC's recording is the polar opposite of that and he really plumbs the psychological depths of this sonata. Not sure if I know the Cziffra, but I have certainly heard it acclaimed. I have to be...
by barney
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Grosvenor LIszt Sonata - plus comparisons

I just got the brilliant new Grosvenor Liszt album. I noticed the NYT had done a fascinating article on it, filled with short comparisons between pianists at key points. Really worth listening (link at end). A Young Pianist Learns Liszt From Listening For his new album, Benjamin Grosvenor delved int...
by barney
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie ultra-right peddlers of hate ape their American cousins
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: Aussie ultra-right peddlers of hate ape their American cousins

I have long been puzzled by Belle's ludicrous, even unhinged, insistence that all hate is of the left. The left, apparently, is entirely hateful, and the right entirely hate-free. This borders on insanity. It is obvious to any sane person that extremists on both sides are motivated by hate, and extr...
by barney
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie ultra-right peddlers of hate ape their American cousins
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: Aussie ultra-right peddlers of hate ape their American cousins

I believe the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies are taking the extremist threat very seriously. I read somewhere that right wing extremists form the basis of 40% of AFP inquiries now - a huge increase, and probably bigger than Islamic extremist groups.
by barney
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.S. Military coddles their far-right white extremists
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Military coddles their far-right white extremists

I watched that Frontline docu last nite. Compelling. It' a docco, Joe. Haven't you learned proper Strine (Australian)? There's a wonderful little book, Let's Talk Strine, which educates you into the vernacular. Eg, Emma Chisett is what people in Sydney say when they are asking "how much is it?" It ...
by barney
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Right-wing Aussie PM Morrison’s approval ratings head down under over vaccination and treatment of women
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Right-wing Aussie PM Morrison’s approval ratings head down under over vaccination and treatment of women

You can be pretty sure Belle is going to disagree with this, as one of her sons is a key adviser to Morrison, but I think he has really stuffed up the vaccines. It's certainly not all his fault, but what has been contemptible is him lying about it and playing it down and dismissing it - until even h...
by barney
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s Plaza Is Going Green. Really.
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Lincoln Center’s Plaza Is Going Green. Really.

Synthetic lawn? The real thing or nothing. Synthetic Beethoven on synsethiser next?
by barney
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Matt Gaetz promotes a new G.O.P. Contract with America: sex, drugs and wild parties
Replies: 57
Views: 1193

Re: Joel Greenberg, Indicted Matt Gaetz Pal, Has Been Cooperating With Prosecutors Since Last Year

We've had this discussion a few times. Sometimes I have a lot of faith in Americans, and sometimes not much. The latter state of affairs particularly applies to Republicans. If they support Trump, the Capitol-stormers and voter suppression, why would these morals-free imbeciles ditch somebody just b...
by barney
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Our Letter to the White House
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Our Letter to the White House

Good luck, Brian. To be frank, I think it very unlikely either will read it - they must get thousands of letters a day. But at least you are doing something ... and you never know. I write to Australian politicians from time to time in the same hope.
by barney
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia abandons the goal of vaccinating all its people this year.
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: Australia abandons the goal of vaccinating all its people this year.

We are going to take advice from the USA about Covid-19!!? Absolutely risible.:lol: In the first place we don't have a national epidemic of obesity which has seriously compromised the health of the population and, in the second place, see the first place!! Actually we do. Where on earth do you get ...
by barney
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Antonio Soler outstanding disc (on pianos).
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Antonio Soler outstanding disc (on pianos).

I do enjoy the rather limited Soler I know already. I've got about 20 works, I think.
by barney
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cliburn programs for pianophiles
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Cliburn programs for pianophiles

I have not heard any of these yet , but may .You can sign up for their newsletter. https://tinyurl.com/k5ymjd59 Biweekly on Sundays—2:00 p.m. CT Cliburn Masterpiece is a series that examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works. Cliburn laureates and other esteemed specia...
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TucKKKer Carlson has become the face of right-wing Whitelash
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: TucKKKer Carlson has become the face of right-wing Whitelash

Does the Murdoch family also support the Liberal Party in Australia and the Tories inUK ? Other governments ? They certainly do. In a huge shock Murdoch's Australian papers supported Labor's Kevin Rudd in 2007, but Murdoch must have seen a big economic advantage to himself. It's wonderful how his e...
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wax replica of Trump pulled after Texas museum visitors wouldn’t stop punching him in the face
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Wax replica of Trump pulled after Texas museum visitors wouldn’t stop punching him in the face

Of course officially I could never approve of vandalism ... but ... I did enjoy this article.
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Joe Manchin says there is ‘no circumstance’ in which he would back weakening the filibuster
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Re: Joe Manchin says there is ‘no circumstance’ in which he would back weakening the filibuster

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:46 am
The thing is, How many WV Manchin place names will it take to secure that vote?
Heck, he can have the name of my street in Melbourne, if it secures his vote.
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Antonio Soler outstanding disc (on pianos).
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Antonio Soler outstanding disc (on pianos).

My order has gone in to Presto, and I trust it will soon be winging its way across the globe.
Thanks Lance.
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Import CDs on the up-and-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 572

Re: Is Import CDs on the up-and-up?

John: Thanks for the tip, but I called my bank several days ago and they assured me that the trouble was not with them, as they have approved all transactions without a problem. I know that this is true because each transaction amount was shown quite clearly in the pending column on my online state...
by barney
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horszowski's 1940 Vatican Radio recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Horszowski's 1940 Vatican Radio recordings

Thanks for these, Steve. I hope to listen to them today.