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by barney
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: article on opera disrupter
Replies: 4
Views: 95

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: 95

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: 57

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: 16
Views: 342

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: 16
Views: 342

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: 95

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: 427

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: 16
Views: 342

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: 160

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: 251

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: 211

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: 172

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: 161

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: 248

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: 384

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: 427

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: 427

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: 380

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: 191

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: 260

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: 380

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: 380

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: 380

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: 380

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: 361

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: 361

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: 404

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: 401

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.
by barney
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

I'd never heard of him either. Embarrassing.
by barney
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julius Katchen
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Julius Katchen

Sydney Morning Herald review of that Decca set on September 16 last year Julius Katchen was a brilliant American pianist taken tragically young by cancer in 1969, at only 42. Blessed with extraordinary technique and matching self-confidence, many of his interpretations – especially of Brahms – are s...
by barney
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 1310

Re: THE STING

Jbuck, I am assuming the Debussy is a piano roll. I have several CDs of piano rolls, and they are often a bit "off". That one certainly is, as you suggest.
by barney
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 1310

Re: THE STING

Come on, guys. Scott Joplin's rags are pop music, as they were when he wrote them, and while their fans might like to promote them to the more prestigious category of classical music, no dice.That they are sometimes played and orchestrated by classical musicians doesn't signify, any more than that ...
by barney
Tue May 30, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings

It would indeed. I didn't know that about Bechstein. I do know that I have long admired Schnabel, but I'm hardly Robinson Crusoe there.
by barney
Fri May 12, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Party
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Met Party

It seems only 15 of the 33 photos were the Met party. And many of those were donors/supporters/society people. Nothing wrong with that , of course! I'm always interested to gawp. Some of them have more money than sense.
by barney
Thu May 11, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Tough Job
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Met Opera Tough Job

Fascinating. Thanks, Lenny.
Park and bark - I love it.
by barney
Tue May 09, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko Doesn't Like Norma [Opera awards]
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: Netrebko Doesn't Like Norma [Opera awards]

I'm afraid Netrebko comes across to me as rather precious. Everybody's work involves bits they find harder than others, and they have to get on with it. The time to have reservations is before you agree to do it.
by barney
Sun May 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

Thanks, John. I share that hope - especially the "next time"!
by barney
Sat May 06, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

I think Opera Australia is a very fine company, and when they are performing well I often find it hard to imagine whatever opera it is being performed better. But my half-dozen Met performances in my celebrated (to me) New York visit last year showed me that is not true. We can have Met singers (and...
by barney
Sat May 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Re: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere

I think I am right that the soloist, Mulcahey, is a brilliant Australian trombonist and a great loss to this country. Chicago's gain.
by barney
Fri May 05, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Labadie, conductor: quite a story
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: Bernard Labadie, conductor: quite a story

I didn't know that. It must have taken courage and determination.
But I have heard him a few times as a conductor, and I am afraid I do not esteem his exaggeratedly breathless tempi.
by barney
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Renee Fleming
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: NYTimes article on Renee Fleming

Yes, a fair assessment. I admired her greatly though, oddly, not especially in Rosenkavalier where I agree with the bland criticism. When she came to Melbourne she put her heart into it, unlike - for example - Alagna.
by barney
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird-voiced and bird-brained
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Bird-voiced and bird-brained

Fabulous, isn't youtube a marvel?
by barney
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Respighi Rarity at City Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Respighi Rarity at City Opera

Victorian Opera just did Respighi's Sleeping Beauty, with puppets and singers together. It was much better than I expected.
by barney
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

I would have said, as sweetly as I can, "I paid to hear the musicians, not you."
by barney
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The young woman in front of me at a recent recital turned her phone every few minutes. Before the last piece I asked her if she could manage without it for that piece as it was very distracting. It was right in my line of vision to the stage, where Daniil Trifonov's hands deserved full attention. Th...
by barney
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 19
Views: 1295

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

Making my usual profound and scholarly contribution to a discussion,
do you know the story of Oscar Levant arguing his way out of a speeding ticket by saying noone could hear Beethoven 7 and drive slowly. :roll: :D
by barney
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

Another crossover effort from Yo-Yo. Now it's Bach trio sonatas arranged for cello, double bass, and mandolin. The double bassist, of course, is Edgar Meyer, and the mandolinist is Chris Thile, who has no classical experience whatsoever. This fiasco is not on Sony, but on Nonesuch. One might as wel...
by barney
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 1112

Re: Where is everybody?

I've been pretty busy. Apart from long interstate work trips, I have been to Saint-Saens the Japanese Princess, Respighi's Sleeping Beauty, Toth's The Princess and the Pea (all operas I had never heard of), a simply astounding Trifonov recital (Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky - it's his program f...
by barney
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicolai Gedda RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Nicolai Gedda RIP

Well, thanks Brian and John for an interesting discussion. There seems to have been a trend to lighter voiced Butterflies too, or that may be just the ones I am hearing.
by barney
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:
Replies: 22
Views: 990

Re: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:

W.H. Auden is one of the few major poets who also devoted his full skill and energy to crafting librettos, not only for such composers as Stravinsky and Henze but for English-language performances of "The Magic Flute." He said that the first and most important requirement of a libretto is not its d...