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by barney
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 10
Views: 179

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.
by barney
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: war of the worlds opera LA
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: war of the worlds opera LA

I'd certainly go. It sounds imaginative and different, and I don't mind a few misses among my concert going, to throw the hits into high relief.
by barney
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Domingo William Tell!

That's true, Len. Stage presence, great musical wisdom and experience, the ability to husband and use his voice. He is obviously an all-time great, and I'm hugely grateful that I managed to see him live on stage, even at the end of his career. Even now he is a really fine singer, whom I would pay to...
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I deplore the modern tendency of the deep state and it's advocates to tell the people what's good for them. Belle what about things like banning smoking in public places and restaurants or are you only talking about food-I remember the NYC attempt by Mayor Bloomberg on the size of soda cups that on...
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

It was one of the better-produced scenes in the Melbourne Ring (director Neil Armfield, who did the Hamlet in another contemporary thread).
The Valkyries descended from the skies, and attached the fallen warriors to slings which were then raised into the flies.
by barney
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Domingo William Tell!

To be frank, I think he is clinging on. I think he's still a fine singer, but the voice has deteriorated from when he was one of the greatest. I heard him sing Boccanegra at the Met, and the other singers had to scale back a bit when on stage with him. Maybe he just can't face retirement.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

Looks pretty good to me. The horses are recognisably equine. Sounds like he's gone to town on the Valkyries and the dead, but there's a lot of music, and a need for something to be happening on stage.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo William Tell!
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Domingo William Tell!

I can see why the translator is free! :D
In my last opinion column for The Age, I had Google translate it into Latin and gave it to the opinion editor as a joke. Of course, it probably made more sense and was better written than the English version!
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Actually, the younger Horowitz is when he was at his best, Belle. YOu should try his Sony set of live recitals in Carnegie Hall, during which he tackled a wide repertoire with considerable success. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61y42GuxBEL.jpg I didn't notice that when it came ou...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

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
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Which in turn reminds me of a great pun. An Irish friend was walking in the office and his shoe broke. He immediately burst into song: "You picked a fine time to leave me, Loose Heel."
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Go on, you know it's funny.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

Yes. His latest release, Schubert, confirms your view.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 461

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

And Universal released a huge set, which tends in my mind to confirm your estimation, John.
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Lance says young people have turned off classical music. In Australia this week we had Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett (also a former federal Arts Minister who tried to kill the Australian National Academy of Music but was defeated) slagging off former Prime Minister Paul Keating, a noted Mah...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Piano competitions changed pianism, there's no doubt. We became fixated on accuracy and articulation, which has helped lead to the mass of soloists today who are technically superb but have relatively little to say. Many of them are Asian, because that's where the interest is moving. Lots of them ar...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Re Horowitz, I'm in the middle. As I heard a preacher say once, that's why God gave us divided buttocks, so we could sit on the fence. :D I think he is a genius capable of sometimes lazy or pro forma performances - he belonged to a more casual age. But he's not usually my first choice in most repert...
by barney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: Is the piano recital dying

This thread took off a bit while my attention was elsewhere. How gratifying! I love piano recitals, and in Melbourne we have a really fine auditorium now, seating about 1000. Re Holden Fourth, yes, it is very hard outside Melbourne and Sydney. Musica Viva brings out top pianists who tour the country...
by barney
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Salzburg festival

Yes, there's no doubt the man could conduct. I like the clip. Thanks. I have the four big boxes put out by Universal (they are releasing them again now in one box of 330 CDs) and the sets put out by Warner (from memory) of all the 1950s Philharmonia recordings, plus goodness knows how many individua...
by barney
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Is the piano recital dying

I thought some CMGers might be interested in a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald. It was about a new project designed to revitalise the traditional piano recital, which pedagogue and pianist Bernadette Harvey thinks is all but defunct but for a few pianists at the top. I had not understood...
by barney
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Salzburg festival

When I say famous, I mean the conductor of Europe, the most famous classical musician in the world, probably (though Bernstein would be a rival).
by barney
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Salzburg festival

That is true. But I'm with the school that thinks most of his greatest recordings were in the 1950s - or at any rate before he got famous and started conducting with his eyes closed and his face spotlit. Of course there were some fabulous ones right up to the end, but it seemed to me he had a partic...
by barney
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Salzburg festival

Yes, it does look somewhat better than in recent years. The Henze deserves more performances than it gets, some of the conductors are festival quality, and while the star singers aren't to appear in any staged operas, at least they will appear. Maybe Markus Hinterhäuser's appointment will work out,...
by barney
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 461

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

I hadn't understood that MTT was so loved. He's a long way from Melbourne. But there is no doubt that the role is expanding and requires wider skills than "merely" musical.
by barney
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 429

Re: Prodigies

One of the biggest problems I had was teaching kids about satire and irony!! These are two quite abstract ideas which, when not taught from the beginning of high school, are available only to the brightest students after much hard labour. I suspected - and still do - that those who get it will be r...
by barney
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

I checked my notes: Dean and Jocelyn read through the "standard first folio version". Cutting it was obviously one of the most daunting aspects. Separately the composer, librettist and director listed the six "moments" they thought most important, then the next six, and compared them. Re orchestra b...
by barney
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Noel Coward's Present Laughter
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Noel Coward's Present Laughter

Kevin Kline was the best pirate king ever in Pirates of Penzance. And Linda Ronstadt was the most fetching Mabel. I love that production.
by barney
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

It may be that I got the version wrong. A journalist making a mistake? Highly unlikely, surely. :D I didn't check my notes before posting.
by barney
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meet Me on the Lower East Side!
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Meet Me on the Lower East Side!

I went to a well-known Jewish restaurant too, Russ and Daughters from memory. It's not the most famous, which I can't recall right now, but the next one. It was marvellous. On the same street as the Tenement Museum. You're making me homesick for New York, which is odd, as my home is Melbourne.
by barney
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 734

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Without wishing to minimise the contribution of Christians to violence, I think you will find the Texas shooter was an atheist. It is reported that he actively preached atheism online.
by barney
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meet Me on the Lower East Side!
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Meet Me on the Lower East Side!

I was knocked out by the Tenement Museum. What a fantastic resource for NYC.
by barney
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

Belle wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:52 pm
I knew him, Barney. A man of infinite jest and fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times!!
:D Very good!
by barney
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

I came across the Barclay article while preparing to interview Brett Dean, whose Hamlet was widely acclaimed at Glyndebourne in June. I also spoke to the director, Neil Armfield, who was involved even before the libretto was begun, so it's really a tripartite project. Armfield also directed a famous...
by barney
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:18 pm
barney wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:25 pm
There have been 40 operas based on Hamlet written since 1812 alone.
Barney we saw this opera and it was a wonderful Hamlet experience! Regards, Len :D

http://www.operade.org/hamlet/
Fascinating Len. One of the 40 I'd never heard of, though JohnF also writes about it.
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

But wait! There's more... You've got me pondering, Jbuck, as I try to avoid working. Baseball is the only team sport you follow. Is it not the case that baseball (like cricket) is only half a team sport because it is essentially a series of individual contests between two people (pitcher and batter...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

But wait! There's more... You've got me pondering, Jbuck, as I try to avoid working. Baseball is the only team sport you follow. Is it not the case that baseball (like cricket) is only half a team sport because it is essentially a series of individual contests between two people (pitcher and batter...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 734

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

I did not know where Chalkie lives, and am sorry for suffering endured at 9/11. But I strongly disagree that no one who lives in New York can be guilty of parochialism. A lot of New Yorkers - I do not accuse Chalkie of this - consider New York the centre of the universe and pay little attention to ...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 734

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

I did not know where Chalkie lives, and am sorry for suffering endured at 9/11. But I strongly disagree that no one who lives in New York can be guilty of parochialism. A lot of New Yorkers - I do not accuse Chalkie of this - consider New York the centre of the universe and pay little attention to e...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

CPE Bach is a somewhat underrated composer. He exists on the cusp between the Baroque and the Classical. He is responsible for his father's invitation to the court of Fredrick the Great, which eventually resulted in the Musical Offering. You should read the book Evening in the Palace of Reason. I d...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Re: Hamlet

Yes, it is indeed a lovely setting, and one which I did not know, so thank you.
The Gondwana Choir is an Australian group.
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 1159

Re: The Reformation

Nobody in the "real" world? This seems to me a circular argument. If you care about justification by faith, QED you do not live in the real world. It's a matter I care about, and the world I live in feels palpable, tangible, real and includes many of the same things as the world you live in, from mu...
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Thank you to both Johns for informative replies.
Tin ears, alas, are a problem inside and outside church services. But people want to sing, and it's a lot better than some other things they might do.
by barney
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

That's really interesting, John. I knew none of that. So what of the great Masses by the great composers - were the relevant sections also to be intoned? Obviously they were also to be sung? You remind me of how little I know of Catholic practice as it is actually performed - I'm an adult convert to...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 734

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

PS: Kabul is Taliban, not Islamic State.
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 734

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Obviously a terrible event. But why should we respond to IS attacks in New York more than in Paris, Berlin, London, Kabul or Baghdad? And why is it worse than one deranged person shooting several hundred people in Las Vegas? There seems one essential feature here: New York is where Chalkie lives. In...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

But wait! There's more... You've got me pondering, Jbuck, as I try to avoid working. Baseball is the only team sport you follow. Is it not the case that baseball (like cricket) is only half a team sport because it is essentially a series of individual contests between two people (pitcher and batter)...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

What it tells the rest of the world is that, to Americans, we don't have a meaningful existence. Only America matters, it and the world are co-terminous (plus, what is it, one Canadian team?). It reminds me of a famous remark by former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating: "If you don't live in Sy...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

I'm entirely prepared to accept that there are subtleties in baseball that I do not get, and that the more one knows and understands the more one enjoys it. But I feel about it as you apparently do about soccer: life is too short, and there are too many things I actually want to do. I feel like that...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 639

Hamlet

In researching about Brett Dean's new opera, Hamlet (a triumph at Glyndebourne in June), I came across this delightful article. I thought I should share it. It was in the Guardian on June 6, though I can't find it by Google now. Guardian June 8 2017 Bill Barclay There have been 40 operas based on Ha...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

I'm ashamed to say that I don't know this work, though I know of it. But it doesn't worry me if it comes across as operatic. I really love the Rossini Stabat Mater, and that is certainly operatic, really dramatic and gorgeous. If you don't already know that one, Len, then I have just done you an eno...
by barney
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 417

Re: World Series Games 7

More evidence to me of American insanity! :D Not least the arrogance of calling it the world series. Solipsism gone mad. The soccer world cup actually is a world event, it's just that Americans are not very good at it. And they're not much interested in things they don't win. Very interested in the ...