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by barney
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 808

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I used the Port Authority 4 times a day in my month-long New York visit, because I was staying the other side of the river. I saw a lot of homeless people, but not usually sleeping. There were a lot of authorities, who possibly kept them moving. I never felt unsafe.
by barney
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 808

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I don't know that I've ever been in the sort of cold the East Coast of the US is going through. I have pictures of myself as a toddler in London building a snowman, but I haven't touched snow for nearly 40 years, since I was last in Europe in winter. But in Sydney yesterday it got to 47 celsius, whi...
by barney
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women

parsifal wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:33 am
Are we also changing the end of Otello in order to support women who are killed in operas?
K. Nilsson
Remove the abuse and misery from Berg's Lulu, and the opera runs for about seven minutes!
by barney
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct
Replies: 9
Views: 431

Re: Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:33 am
lennygoran wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:13 am
rough out in the garden.
Off the Cape Cod National Seashore right now, sharks are at risk from cold shock.

Image
Is that a recent picture of Dutoit? Obviously something fishy there...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

It's one of the first opera recordings I ever heard, and it knocked me out. I also loved her Barber with Luigi Alva and Tito Gobbi, which was my introduction to Callas. She was a real minx, so much more characterful than most recorded Rosinas. Wonderful. This article, unthinkable in an Australian pa...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Wow! Here we are, talking about Toscanini and Bernstein again. I think your perception, Barney, comes from living in Australia, where Toscanini's influence, while felt in the style of conducting of your music makers, was not as strong as it was here in the U. S. Toscanini reinvented music-making: c...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Bernstein's fame, I'd say, comes mainly from "West Side Story." He was not celebrated as a conductor nearly as much outside the United States and, in his later years, in Vienna. On the other hand, perhaps you don't appreciate the breadth and depth and extentof Toscanini's fame. If not for this fame...
by barney
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Well good on the two of you for speaking up.
When I saw those posts, I didn't know what to do - I was embarrassed to read them. I thought replying might give them some sort of legitimacy. I now think it would have been better to question them immediately. Sorry, JohnF.
by barney
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

The answers are yes, and because it's true. :) Yes, agreed - Toscanini was the most famous of his time....he defined "Conductor" or "Maestro" for at least a generation [or two]... John didn't just say "of his time", he said "of any time". Does that alter it for you at all? The two that I raise as r...
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89

And I hope it exceeds your expectations, Lenny. What a fabulous opera - hard to ruin it. But directors can manage it.
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Well, I don't agree.
Fame is a nebulous term, of course.
On sales, Karajan is vastly ahead, and was known as Europe's music director.
Bernstein, thanks to television and his multi-platforms, was known to at least as wide an audience, I reckon.
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Was Toscanini more famous than Bernstein or Karajan? Why do you make that claim?
by barney
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89

I never heard of her either, but she seems to have done a fine job with Puccini's legacy - protective but not oversensitive. Insofar as one can judge from this article, that is.
by barney
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein exhibition
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Leonard Bernstein exhibition

I wish I were ... both for the meeting and for the exhibition...
by barney
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Season's Greetings

Off to Godzone, eh? A wise decision. Most beautiful country, acre by acre, on earth.
Happy Christmas and all other festivals you may observe (or not) to my fellow CMGers.
by barney
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: Penderecki

Just caught up with this thread. Belle, I presume the fires stayed away from you? Bush fire season in Australia ranges from disconcerting to terrifying to fatal.
by barney
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Obviously tricky for the Met. I think they have acted appropriately, standing Levine down and starting an investigation. They certainly can't take any sides at this point. But Gelb's remarks sound as though they are preparatory to distancing the Met from Levine.
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Great suggestions, John.
Tonight I will pop into my youtube list and see what I have kept. The trouble is that I keep finding "video deleted" and I don't know what it was!
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Levine was a great opera conductor and IMHO a good to mediocre conductor in orchestral repertoire. He also had the courage to program modern works (i.e. Moses und Aaron at the MET and music by Charles Wuorinen during his abbreviated tenure in Boston). There is no question about his musicality, nor ...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Tommasini weighs in on the Levine mess. His Levine albums are to be banished from plain sight in his living room. Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings? By Anthony Tommasini DEC. 5, 2017 So what do I do with these commemorative collections? I won’t give them away. But I’m going to move them ...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

He's up against some serious competition in D960. Haskil, Richter, Curzon, Kovacevich, Schnabel and Kempff. I'll give it a listen but to best Richter it will have to be very special. I don't see it that way. Even if you love Zimerman, it won't reduce your regard for Richter. What a privilege to hav...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I have some sympathy with Tommasini's ethical torment, but only a little. Whether to move handsome Levine box sets out of the living room certainly strikes me as a first-world problem. And his longing to share it with however many hundreds of thousands of readers strikes me as pretty self-indulgent....
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Fabulous Lance/JohnF. Of the mountain of musical curiosities I have enjoyed, this would be near or at the summit. It's called William Tell, but quickly morphs to Carmen. Still, it's revealing that I didn't listen to the end. I don't think you could do an hour on yodelling, Lance - ut maybe an hour o...
by barney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

This release has come up in a couple of different threads.
FYI, I just made it one of my five albums of the year for the Sydney Morning Herald. (The only candidates are CDs I have reviewed).
by barney
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Two comments 1: Leb rec ht. Given how so many people on this forum feel about him (I like him), isn't it delightful that he has suddenly discovered a reverence for facts? 2: The delay in reporting. I spent the best part of 12 years reporting on sex abuse allegations and cover-ups etc in religious in...
by barney
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Famous musicians photographed together

Having gone through a couple of dozen, it is a little annoying that they only nametwo people when there are three in the photo, eg Bakala and Chalabala and anonymous, and I have no idea who is who. When one is Bernstein or Barenboim or Stravinsky, different matter of course. But I second Lance's gra...
by barney
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3993

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

We don't know if it is an isolated case. Such abuse often is not (which is no comment on Levine's possible guilt). I too have heard many rumours, some more disturbing than this story, but have no idea of their veracity.
by barney
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Re Dawkins, we will just have to differ. In my view, his undoubted cleverness in science has given him an unjustified credibility when it comes to religion and philosophy. Whatever he doesn't know or understand, he dismisses as unimportant and unworthy. A.C. Grayling is far more trivial and obvious,...
by barney
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Yes, I agree on culture. But I see no reason to suppose that one opinion is as good as another. One has to justify one's opinion, and argue WHY the urinal is as worthy as Nightwatch. Not easy. Urinal had a certain importance because of its place in our social history. But we have a canon in art for ...
by barney
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Postmodernism exposed

I don't think post-modernism has been all bad. It had a kernel of insight, which got corrupted by massive accretions of idiocy and agenda. You don't have to believe that truth is relative, let alone insert these ludicrous theories that Dawkins refers to; it can be useful to question orthodoxy's unsp...
by barney
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

Like the Cheshire cat, I maintain that a square is whatever I say it is. Military band specialists from Stony Creek are definitely square!

(A joke, John - I don't mean it; just liked the pun on square.)
by barney
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: martin luther music article

Yes, you missed it. It's four posts earlier than this one. In Australia the Salvation Army tends to be more conservative theologically than mainstream denominations, and their social work is certainly real. I support them, and once door-knocked for them in my street. They've had negative publicity r...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: martin luther music article

Fair points, John. Catholics have always been good at expropriating others' ideas, and Protestants aren't too bad either. In the hymnbook we use most often there are tunes by Mozart. As we just learnt Luther didn't say, why should the devil have all the good tunes? (I always heard that attributed to...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Looking at what I just wrote, I realise that I have gone a long way off topic, and been guilty of introducing non-classical music myself to the classical music board.
Sorry about that - on this topic, over and out!
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Can you say more about the influence of yodelling on Liszt? I am unaware of that.
I recognise that it is very skilful, but it does pall fairly quickly. To the uninitiated, like me, it just seems like variations on the one trick.
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: martin luther music article

Fine article, but IMO comparing the largely Catholic Renaissance with the largely Lutheran Baroque is comparing apples and oranges. The great Baroque composers, of which were only a couple with a number of decent secondary ones, achieved more in an overall artistic sense than the dozens of great co...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous Drama Incidents Some Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Humorous Drama Incidents Some Opera

Thanks for posting this. An essential bookshelf item for all CMGers is Great Operatic Disasters by Hugh Vickers. Does anyone not have this? I can always repost a couple of anecdotes!
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber Aha! Another law firm First there was not enough oblivion. Now too much oblivion. Bottom line: new names were asked for, new names were provided. And I, Dulcinea Quijano of Puerto Rico, am very grateful. Anybody who has somethig to say, please consider this question: Burt...
by barney
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 2157

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I hope, for your pleasure, that Trifonov is in London at the same time. But, regardless, you will have some wonderful treats, I am sure.
by barney
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018

Do we know how many CDs?
I recently got the complete Emerson; so not sure about this one.
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charles Manson is finally dead
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Charles Manson is finally dead

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/obituaries/charles-manson-dead.html I was working at W.W. Norton when we published "Helter Skelter" by Vince Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Manson "family's" trial for murder. It was a huge best-seller, probably Norton's most successful trade book. Somehow I had ...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

2017 will be remembered for two things: 1. "That's just Charlie being Charlie." 2. "Women are very special," said Trump, "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women and I'm very happy." Very apt...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: Was This Secular Music:

John F wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:22 am
Seems like wedding music nowadays is whatever the bride wants. I've heard of a number of random classical selections (like the Pachelbel canon, now perhaps passé), rock songs if any can be found with appropriate lyrics, whatever.
O tempora, o mores!
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1945

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I owned an LP of "Samson et Dalila" but it was damaged in the 80s when the children were small. This was the main reason I moved over to CDs when these became available in Australia in March 1983; the month of my daughter's birth. The kids could then occasionally bump into the CD player with their ...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 4081

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber Aha! Another law firm First there was not enough oblivion. Now too much oblivion. Bottom line: new names were asked for, new names were provided. And I, Dulcinea Quijano of Puerto Rico, am very grateful. Anybody who has somethig to say, please consider this question: Burt...
by barney
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 2157

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I think you can be forgiven for getting your piano recitals from CDs or YouTube or locally!
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died

Agreed. The quintessential or ideal Russian bass.
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 2157

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Your list of piano recitals makes me ashamed I don't make a greater effort these days. I like competitions because of the concentration of so much piano music within a very short space of time. And I enjoy the comments of Gerard Willems! A lovely man completely without ego. But the 85 minute drive ...
by barney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 2157

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Yes, I am a lucky bastard.
I think Trifonov is the most exciting pianist I've heard. I don't say the best, as I've heard the likes of Perahia, but for sheer brilliance...
Mind you, he's young enough that brilliance is sometimes the point. Still a couple of years shy of 30.
by barney
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1945

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I too really love the Cunning Little Vixen. Its music is so evocative from the opening suite, to the fox-cub's cries, to the philosophical men. Like most people, I imagine, the first Janacek I was exposed to was Sinfonietta, which is very exciting in the concert hall.