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by barney
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 412

Re: Dame Kiri retires

For a minute there, Barney, I thought you'd said 'haute couture"!! When I looked closer it was "whore to culture". This distinction is small, I admit, but nonetheless significant!! :) I don't think JohnF can be accused of myopia, since he knows a lot about Clive James, Robert Hughes and many fine B...
by barney
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 412

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Typical American arrogance. No need to be rude about a genuine world competition when you have your own world series which features America, America and occasionally Canada. Look, I know about rugby football from the inside, having spent a year at a grammar school in Leeds where rugger was the main...
by barney
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)

Are any of these new recordings, Lance, as far as you know? by which I mean previously unreleased.
I imagine not, but it's not clear to me from the publicity.
by barney
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 412

Re: Dame Kiri retires

I thought she'd sung her last somewhat more than a year ago, certainly hadn't heard anything from her or about her for some time, but there it is. No doubt predictably, the Guardian's story is parochial about her rise to fame. It does not mention her breakthrough Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974, w...
by barney
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 753

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

Thanks to both of you. I've never heard the Hindemith, and will seek it out. In fact, as I type I notice I don't have to go far to find it!
by barney
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Josef Hofmann, piano - Volume 9 (finally!)
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Josef Hofmann, piano - Volume 9 (finally!)

Indeed, one of the finest piano sets ever issued, despite some flaws, which would almost be apparent in a project of this size. I wonder if Decca will ever reissue the entire set. I have most all of it but never got the complete original edition because I had the original issues from the origin lab...
by barney
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg

maestrob wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:16 am
“Here, in this city, in this time,” Ms. Netrebko said of the Salzburg swirl, “it’s crazy.”
I can't imagine a scene like this here in America! O tempo, o mores.
Is that a very clever musical pun, Brian, or a mistake? Cicero said O tempora... But in a music thread, I rather like O tempo. 8)
by barney
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Josef Hofmann, piano - Volume 9 (finally!)
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Josef Hofmann, piano - Volume 9 (finally!)

Hofmann gets a double CD in one of my greatest treasurfes, the 200-CD Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century series.
by barney
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

I can't see how to edit posts any more, to correct my grammar or facts. Is that still possible Lance? https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4409/36288960550_1ed167b95a_b.jpg Click the pencil icon as shown. Edit text in the edit window. Click SUBMIT button at bottom of edit window. Many thanks for taking t...
by barney
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 20
Views: 733

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

You are right, Brian - I would not have identified it, I don't think. Certainly not first guess. This is an interesting thread, and I will investigate some of the music. The Gould pavane is a sweet if slight piece. I tend to feel as JohnF does about the saxophone repertoire I know (one or two CDs of...
by barney
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

I can't see how to edit posts any more, to correct my grammar or facts. Is that still possible Lance?
by barney
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

adds, sorry. I hate to be ungrammatical.
by barney
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

Thanks Lance. The pedal point is interesting. I respect Gieseking's view here ( and apparently yours) that pedalling should be eschewed because Bach's instruments had no such possibility. But then (and I'm only going from memory here) the subtle pedal use of people like Perahia and Hewitt surely add...
by barney
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 745

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

I've never spent much time in the corner pub, but I go there more often since the election of that vile imbecile because I appreciate the articles posted there. For example, I hadn't realised till this minute, thanks to jserraglio, about the moving of the FBI investigator. I spend at least two hours...
by barney
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

I have been astounded at the fast tempi Gieseking adopts in Bach, because I don't think he lets the music breathe. I know tempi fashions come and go, but he feels faster than most. Does anyone else think that? I'm certainly finding the set interesting, but I doubt that I will return to it often give...
by barney
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

I join the consensus here. Ozawa is seldom in my CD player.
by barney
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright

I've never heard of Divine Art. Do you know anything about the label?
by barney
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

It took me some time to come to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, but recordings have helped enormously. He wrote a plethora of music, and if, indeed, he was primarily self-taught or influenced by his immediate family, it is not a bad way to go given what we have by which to judge his output. I have a...
by barney
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The crisis is upon us
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: The crisis is upon us

Yes, I too am interested that you are relatively sanguine about North Korea. Why? It seems highly intractable to me, with China and Russia seeing this as an opportunity to further diminish US influence in its backyard, plus no viable military option. The more Trump threatens and blusters, the more h...
by barney
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 593

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Congratulations. After all, if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere!
by barney
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 711

Re: "Winterreise"

These are my Winterreises, a good collection though it would pale into insignificance compared with collections such as Lance's. Every one of them has something to commend it. DFD is always hugely rewarding, but - as I say - I take pleasure in all these performances. Some here don't like Ian Bostrid...
by barney
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The crisis is upon us
Replies: 4
Views: 331

The crisis is upon us

From the Washington Post, via The Age Wait until the Donald Trump faces a real crisis': Here's the problem with that. David Rothkopf Published: August 2 2017 - 3:33AM Washington: "You think this is bad? Wait until the Trump White House faces a real international crisis!" You've no doubt heard this w...
by barney
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: article on opera disrupter
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: article on opera disrupter

It's also heavily cut.
by barney
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: article on opera disrupter
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: article on opera disrupter

I just saw the Cunning Little Vixen for the first time, and found it overwhelming. What a beautiful, lush work.
thanks so much for this Nagano link - 10 minutes in, and it seems terrific.
by barney
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A sick fetish
Replies: 1
Views: 240

A sick fetish

And now Americans, not content with slaughtering each other, have taken to killing Australians. I don't know whether the story of the Australian women shot by a police officer in Minneapolis has made the news over there but it's huge here in Australia. It's upset me considerably. More than 1000 peop...
by barney
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Very interesting point. I think the way you were taught is probably the most common, although my mother (a concert pianist and teacher) used to get us to play left hand and right hand separately before putting them together. (But that was probably at the very junior level I achieved. I stopped piano...
by barney
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Yes, when I hear playing like that I wonder not only at the technical proficiency but the musical intelligence that sees the lines so clearly. When Sokolov plays, it seems that it must be this way, but few other performances on YouTube come close To choose a more controversial example, I often marve...
by barney
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Week’s 8 Best YouTube
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: This Week’s 8 Best YouTube

Now that is a classy put-down, Jbuck.
by barney
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 881

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

Well, you've forgotten our very own Cardinal George Pell who is, er, playing for time!! That's a skill. Boom, boom! As Basil Brush would say. Excellent, Belle! Barney, Belle, you say he's playing for time-should he also be praying for time? Regards, Len [fleeing] Sorry Lenny, just caught up with th...
by barney
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Yes, one of the things I really want in late baroque is clarity of articulation. Michelangeli seems to think he is playing Liszt. I can't remember whether I have posted this before, but it is a real and oft-visited favourite: 2.5 minutes of Sokolov playing Couperin with a wonderful clarity and affec...
by barney
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1

In another thread, Trifonov has been appearing. Rach 1 is what he played in Sydney. Did you get to that, Belle?
by barney
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

So many of these big sets simply replicate the LPs and the CDs are thus very short. I imagine that is much the cheapest way of doing it, though this might be offset by the artwork of the original jackets, as opposed to plain paper jackets.
I imagine JohnF knows all about this?
by barney
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists

In the past year or two, DG have released all these CDs in four separate boxes of 80 or so CDs each. At least I presume it is all these CDs. So this box strikes me as utterly redundant. I wish they'd put more money into new recordings.
by barney
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler 5th organ transcription
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Mahler 5th organ transcription

Love the intentionally ambiguous recommendation.
One I remember from an old article is: "Darling, wonderful is not the word!"
Sorry to go off topic.
by barney
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Daniil Trifonov

I too found the Liszt simply extraordinary. I interviewed Trifonov by phone for the Age and Sydney Morning Herald - his English was not fluent but good enough. He told me that he practised under water! He came late last year playing the same program Beckmesser attended (past tense presumably now cor...
by barney
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

What's going on with Andris Nelsons? He walked out of Bayreuth last year too, apparently after a disagreement with (possibly) Christian Thielemann. This must be because of Kristine? She's somewhat over-rated as a singer, IMO. The power couple thing can be problematic at times. It was the same with ...
by barney
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 871

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

I've seen the 7 Deadly Sins a couple of times lately. It shares the virtues Belle ascribes to 3d opera. Clever, astringent, in its own way moving. It does seem Weill and Brecht had an interesting relationship.
by barney
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 881

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

Belle wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:52 am
Well, you've forgotten our very own Cardinal George Pell who is, er, playing for time!! That's a skill.
Boom, boom! As Basil Brush would say. Excellent, Belle!
by barney
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 881

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

I'm afraid you're all simply wrong, wrong, WRONG. I consulted the Net to find candidates I might have forgotten and found the list of top 10 pianists here: http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-male-pianists/reference Top: Elton John, followed by Paul McCartney, Jamie Foxx!!!!, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, ...
by barney
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

I think Wang is a wonderful artist, actually. I saw her in Vienna 6 years ago and she was fabulous. Not a real fan of Argerich; her performances are always so terribly rushed. I agree that Wang is a fine pianist. I've heard her in concert a few times. But I wouldn't fly from Sydney to Melbourne to ...
by barney
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anja Harteros Article
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Anja Harteros Article

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61KKsWpQUbL.jpg I have her Aida with Pappano and her Verdi Requiem, both are superb. The disc above just landed in my cart at amazon of its own free will: Harteros is an ideal voice for Strauss, and Luisi is a first-rate conductor. Hard to beat this ...
by barney
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos Music Library access (130,000+ CDs) free with IMSLP $22/yr subscription
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Naxos Music Library access (130,000+ CDs) free with IMSLP $22/yr subscription

Yeah, I signed up for this last year...and haven't logged in once to do any listening. :lol: Mainly did it to support IMSLP since it's such a fantastic resource. -G And there, Gareth, you hit the nail on the head for me. I still have several hundred CDs in their cellophane wrappings, let alone taki...
by barney
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

Off topic a little, but how do people reckon he will go as Parsifal? Barney we saw him do it at the Met-thought the singing was very good but didn't like the production. Regards, Len Metropolitan Opera House February 18, 2013 PARSIFAL {290} Richard Wagner-Richard Wagner Parsifal................Jona...
by barney
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

I think Wang is a wonderful artist, actually. I saw her in Vienna 6 years ago and she was fabulous. Not a real fan of Argerich; her performances are always so terribly rushed. I agree that Wang is a fine pianist. I've heard her in concert a few times. But I wouldn't fly from Sydney to Melbourne to ...
by barney
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

PS, my aunt who lives in Sydney bought Argerich tix for her and my sister. Verrrry disappointed. Yuja Wang no substitute, they think.
by barney
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich cancels concerts
Replies: 10
Views: 653

Re: Martha Argerich cancels concerts

I nearly bought tickets plus flights to hear her, but was deterred by her reputation. I have however bought plane flights to Sydney to hear Kaufmann sing Parsifal, and am anxious about that one too. He cancels nearly as much.
Off topic a little, but how do people reckon he will go as Parsifal?
by barney
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.

He did a concert in Melbourne in 2015 that was really good - in marked contrast to the highly unsatisfactory Roberto Alagna last year. Alagna sang no opera at all, only Italian songs. One duet with Siobhan Stagg. Kaufmann gave good value for money, and was on stage the whole time.
by barney
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.

If it's being recorded on video for broadcast, I imagine that it will be released soon on DVD. I cannot imagine Kaufmann being cold or unemotional, so I'll have to see for myself. This is a strange review, heaping praise on a singer in one paragraph while pulling the rug out from under him in the n...
by barney
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: Philip Gossett

A friend of mine wrote in a review that while, of course he did not in any way want to defend Hitler, the Fuhrer made one contribution to the common good: he had the autograph score to Rienzi and lost it.
by barney
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Schumann

I second John re Richter and Waldszenen. I have that performance in 5 different sets - that's the downside of big modern box sets. I also have and recommend Kempff, Haskil, Uchida (glorious modern sound) and Eschenbach, among others.