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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: 574

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: 282

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: 282

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: 59

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: 574

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: 574

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...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 574

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

The NY Philharmonic has had a problem with loudness since the days of Zubin Mehta, mainly because of the acoustics on stage: it's hard for the musicians to hear each other, even with the modifications put in by Kurt Masur. The way the hall is set up, the sound travels out to the audience directly, ...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 19
Views: 567

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Streaming is something I have not taken too - as yet, and probably won't. I guess I'm too old fashioned. I still want the CD (or LP, now rarely), the artwork, notes, etc. Maybe I am missing something, but as interested as I am in historical performing artists and repertoire (and current performing ...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

I'm sorry Lance, I completely overlooked your exchange with me in this thread, until it became live again via JohnF. I get sent most Eloquence CDs by Universal, and I don't have this one. In fact I don't have much of this very fine pianist except a recital released in 1991 that won a Gramophone Awar...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 282

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

PS: the thing about books is that I do re-read them constantly. There are many books I have read half a dozen times over the years, far more that I have read two or three times. And these range from Homer to Jack Reacher novels. A second-hand bookshop near us closed last month, and was selling books...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 282

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

We have the same problems. I have some 8000 books, 10,000 CDs and 1000 LPs; my wife can't throw anything out, especially the things that belonged to our two children who passed away. And I would be a monster to insist. But the piles in corners etc are getting out of control. I have just put all my L...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

JohnF makes characteristically good points. But composers write for the flow and idiomatic use of the language of the libretto, and it is terribly hard to match all involved when transferring to another language. I have almost never heard an English translation that worked as well, and I've heard pl...
by barney
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

With you Len. Lost count of the number of ugly English translations I've heard, where the words don't follow the musical scan or are silly. Sing the language the composer wrote the opera for. Don't feel overly emphatic about this - an English libretto wouldn't stop me going - but that is my decided ...
by barney
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 956

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I too had no idea, and was deeply shocked to see the headline on this thread. I too will miss him, enjoyed his posts over the years and learned much. I met him once only, at our delightful 2016 New York gathering.
God speed, JBuck919.
by barney
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Brendel, of course, IS Viennese, is he not?
I learnt these works with Brendel; I think he is quite luminous and deeply sensitive. He is pretty young in that YouTube clip.
by barney
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: top 10 operas

My favorite opera, in whatever edition (although I prefer the Rimsky-Korsakov complete, not the truncated Soviet version), is Boris Godunov. After that: Verdi's Otello Wagner's Ring cycle, which I've studied and sung parts of the Walkure Wotan. Ponchieli's La Gioconda, not because of the plot, whic...
by barney
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: top 10 operas

That's a very good start, Rach 3. Maybe I would add Tosca, Butterfly because Puccini is so incredibly accessible. If they were already musically literate, Peter Grimes perhaps (one I might be alone on), Rosenkavalier. I always think a good introduction to Wagner is the Flying Dutchman, not least bec...
by barney
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: top 10 operas

You can put him there!
JohnF is right that such surveys prove absolutely nothing, but I am always interested in people's tastes.
(Or your absence of taste, Len - fleeing. :lol:)
by barney
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

Or make it your top 500 and you can get most in!
:D
by barney
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Record biz news

I'm just trying to work out how to sell all my LPs. I haven't played one for at least 3 years. But I want at least $1 per LP!
by barney
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: top 10 operas

Greatly regret no Rosenkavalier , also no Britten, Rake's Progress etc
by barney
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: top 10 operas

PS: I doubt a baroque opera would make my top 50.
Chacun a son gout
by barney
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 573

top 10 operas

Sue's dismissal of the top 20 operas for 2018, saying she would go only to the Mozart, made me wonder: what are cMGers favourite operas. My top 10, off the top of my head, no thought, chronological order: Marriage of Figaro Cosi fan tutte (or maybe Magic Flute, internal jury is out) Don Giovanni Bar...
by barney
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

John F is right - Bernstein may creep back up there in 2190, centenary of his death, or 2118, bicentennary of birth; otherwise he clearly does not belong in the top 10. Or when my dog, Lennie, named in his honour passes away - many years away, I hope, but he is 13 now. Just have to persuade the NY T...
by barney
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

Indeed, fascinating! "Music is subjective - but not that subjective." I once was on a Bach panel with Barry Jones, the polymath and music lover, and asked him if he felt that people without religion missed something in Bach. He pondered for a while before deciding no, or at least not necessarily (ju...
by barney
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

I think Christianity influenced other baroque composers too, however difficult it may be to disambiguate the various influences. After all, it was in the air they breathed. Vivaldi may have been an erratic Christian, but there is little doubt that he was one. But with Bach, of course, it was much mo...
by barney
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to Musicwaiter, new to CMG!
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: Welcome to Musicwaiter, new to CMG!

Welcome aboard, and may your sojourn be pleasant.
by barney
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blandine Verlet (1942 - 2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Blandine Verlet (1942 - 2018)

A fine musician. RIP.
by barney
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 19
Views: 2155

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

For many, if not most, people the public humiliation is very much part of the punishment. Some egos are so invincible the humiliation bounces off. Naturally I have no idea what it has meant to either conductor.
by barney
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy New Year CMGers!
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: Happy New Year CMGers!

Yes, happy, healthy and fulfilling 2019 to all.
by barney
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 19
Views: 2155

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

Because I just poured myself a glass of good American suds: Great Lakes where all good things are brewed. Courting infamy, I will state that I too like beer. Wow isn't it a little early for beer. Are you courting infamy or supreme courting infamy ! Regards, Len [out of here] :lol: What do you mean ...
by barney
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

I've got it and haven't opened it yet. :(
Clearly some material in it I don't already have. Might check out the Cherkassky tonight.
by barney
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!

Thank you Lance, and the same to you and all my CMG companions.
We're more than half way through it in Australia - 1pm - and we are just awaiting the arrival of our guests for lunch.
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

I don't know that one, Lance. Hard to imagine Joan scaling down for a living room, even a large one. Not known as La Stupenda for nothing!
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

From the quotations jserraglio provides, Jesus himself did not found a Christian church but he instructed his disciples to do so, naming Peter. This does not make Christianity and the Christian church(es) one thing, as many professed Christians belong to no church, but let it go. Martin Luther may ...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

He cultivated the image of a sophisticated dilettante. One of my favourite stories is that he eold Adelina Patti (from memory) that he had cried only twice as an adult: once when he heard her sing for the first time and once when he dropped a truffled chicken wing into Lake Como. Anyway, clearly the...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

Is it all Rossini, Lance? He didn't have that many sins, did he? 11 CDs worth?
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

The early church was modelled on the synagogue style of meeting, but generally took place in houses (as it does in China today). There are many New Testament references to such meetings. Travelling apostles such as Paul would start with the Jewish communities wherever he was, and if they were unrece...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

Maybe JohnF and I are not so far apart. Bach was a practical man, agreed, and not averse to reusing his own music. I have often reused my own words, especially on those rare occasions when I think I said something well in the past. And I have no doubt Bach rationalised his obsequious work you mentio...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild remembered
Replies: 8
Views: 1506

Re: Earl Wild remembered

He figures, as one might expect, in the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century collection. Without going back to check, I remember a lot of transcriptions and paraphrases that can be quite thrilling, eg the Strauss-Evler arabesques on the beautiful blue Danube. Also, in the RCA commemorative set...
by barney
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

To Bach, we know, all music was to the glory of God, which is why he wrote SDG on nearly every manuscript. That's as may be, but it does not follow that therefore the music relates to Bach's religion. The man wrote some downright comical music, such as the last Goldberg variation which works "Kraut...
by barney
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

Christianity is one thing, the institution of the Christian church quite another. You can take Christianity out of the church (e.g., the Church of England) but you can't take the church out of Christianity. Say what? The Church of England is a Christian sect, you can't take Christianity out of it. ...
by barney
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 4425

Re: Speculations

While I understand why John bridles at Belle's claim - I think she's right but certainly needs the sort of nuance hard to provide on a short post and while on holiday - I think John goes too far in his rebuttal. To Bach, we know, all music was to the glory of God, which is why he wrote SDG on nearly...
by barney
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Brian, how did you fit it in your apartment? :wink:
by barney
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: Bach 333

Sorry Brian, I missed your reply at the time. You are right, and you probably do have every work you could want. But I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for it - every major singer and soloist and conductor, more or less, since 1931 is here. About 150 CDs are all the repertoire, and the other 50+ are fam...
by barney
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 5827

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

One of the fellows who lectures for our community music group sings in the Pinchgut Opera. I don't follow their events myself. But the link you provided shows that the baroque is alive and well in Australia. Pinchgut are extraordinarily accomplished. Baroque opera is my least favourite opera, but P...
by barney
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 5827

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Sorry, I disagree with the use of the term "no-name performers." The exalted status of some performers in an earlier era, such as Heifetz, Rubinstein, or Horowitz, stemmed from the relatively fewer performers performing to a high technical standard as compared with the situation today, the high lev...
by barney
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

But Len, why were they all in the foyer?
Did they like the drinks better than the opera? I've been to performances like that.
by barney
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Bach 333

Has anyone else got the Bach 333 set? 222 CDs.
I regard it as the best box set I've ever seen, marginally ahead of Mozart 225 (2016) and the Philips 200-CD Great Pianists of the 20th Century (1999)
https://www.bach333.com/en/
by barney
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vadim Repin - live at 21
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: Vadim Repin - live at 21

Repin toured Europe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2007, missing one concert in which he was replaced by Sarah Chang. He was immense. I interviewed him in Berlin, and my final question was whether he had any superstitions. "Oh no, none," he said. I asked him to sign my program. Is that for...