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by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

Holden Fourth: I fully get where you are coming from. An expert Professor, Peter Ridd, from James Cook University was summarily sacked recently for questioning what he said was bogus science on the condition of the Great Barrier Reef. He won his court appeal of "Unfair Dismissal" and was awarded co...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?

I have an online subscription to a news site that I have been using for many years and I'm just about to cancel it. In the last 18 months, it seems to have been taken over by what I would describe as the 'bandwagoners' and their current bandwagon is climate change and they have a whole editorial sec...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America
Replies: 13
Views: 2962

Re: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America

The question not asked so far - Is this an issue stemming from potentially untreated mental health patients?
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 4345

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

As a devout follower of LvB I've got nearly all of his works by various performers and all but a few (such as the Missa) are loved. I was introduced to the symphonies by Cluytens and played them all regularly with the exception of the 8th. Despite trying different interpretations (Krips, Karajan, Fu...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 17458

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Like Barney, I'm concerned about the raids on journalists' offices in the name of "national security". The government and the AFP have carte blanche to do whatever they wish because, as citizens, we have not spoken up abut our human rights being compromised. This, unfortunately, is not new and a pre...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lars Vogt Mozart piano sonatas cd
Replies: 2
Views: 1376

Re: Lars Vogt Mozart piano sonatas cd

I heard K330 on BBC3 a few weeks ago and was quite impressed. So was the presenter. It was played as part of the weekly new piano recordings segment.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 1558

Re: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings

I think that the important phrase “..here are our favourites” should be taken into account as nowhere do they state this to be definitive.
by Holden Fourth
Tue May 21, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 17458

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

The concept of a religious discrimination commissioner is worrying from a number of aspects, especially a freedom of speech perspective. This is possibly the first step in a process to restrict what the general public may think and say. We already have extensive libel and slander laws in Australia t...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Smartphone Crashes
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Re: Smartphone Crashes

It's a strange message.

Smartphones (either android or iOS) operate entirely in sandbox mode (virtual) so that when you turn the phone off everything closes, including anything rogue.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 4469

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

I love the A380. Like Belle, I'm an Aussie and travel can be a long affair. I first flew business class on the A380 from Brisbane to Auckland and absolutely loved the bar at the back where you could talk to other travelers. In 2017 I flew BNE/DBX/LHR in business class and once again the opportunity ...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 2970

Re: Elisso Wirssaladze

Thanks to Cliftwood also I've got recordings by her of the Chopin Etudes, a great Chopin recital plus Schubert, Schumann and others. I'm at work and don't have a full recollection of everything by her in my collection. I know that there's more.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 7472

Re: Question about CD blanks

I have a several CD players, but quite honestly, I never checked for a USB port having never really needed to use it for the purpose intended in copying. Can you tell me what's on your mind. Maybe I should investigate. And thank you! Does your CD player have a USB port? Many of today’s CD players h...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 7472

Re: Question about CD blanks

Does your CD player have a USB port?
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run
Replies: 3
Views: 2750

Re: Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run

I have one simple question regarding running for POTUS. Is it possible (like it is in my country) for a man or woman of modest means to run for this office? The last half dozen incumbents seem to have come from a very wealthy background (Trump) or a political dynasty (Bush, Clinton). The only one wh...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 13720

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

I always looked forward to reading JBuck's posts and am sad to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends.

On another note, good to see you posting Chalkie.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 8277

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Has anyone here signed up for Primephonic? They claim to have one million tracks but I suspect that this is quite a lot less than offered by Spotify or Apple Music
by Holden Fourth
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Bagatelles
Replies: 7
Views: 3738

Re: Beethoven's Bagatelles

My favourite recording of the Bagatelles is Kovacevich on the Philips label from about 1975. It includes all of Opp 33/119/126. He made a later recording of 119/126 for EMI which is not nearly as good as his first transversal. I can happily listen to the whole disc in one sitting such is the variety...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 7919

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

These choices don't really make sense and I would question the breadth of knowledge of the people who compiled the list. When I got to the Bagatelles and saw Kovacevich I thought I finally had a match only to realise that this was his second version of the bagatelles which are inferior to his record...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 7348

Re: Richter

This discography was unknown to me until now. I’ve always gone to the Trovar discographybutidon’t think it’s been updated for quite a while.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 7348

Re: Richter

...how could I forget Richter in Leipzig.......
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 7348

Re: Richter

Another Richterphile here. His WTC is my favourite and I love his LvB. Of all the recordings of his I've heard there are a few which stand head and shoulders above any others. First is his Brahms PC2 - I have the version with Leinsdorf and the Chicago SO Next is his solo Rachmaninov. Nobody plays th...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 4654

Re: For Cziffra fans

I snapped up the Cziffra 40 CD set as soon as it came out and haven't regretted it. I found it for sale for about $US130 on a Japanese site so it hasn't got exorbitantly expensive yet like the Rubinstein or Horowitz. But having said that it's selling for $US534 on Amazon UK.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird for email
Replies: 4
Views: 2999

Re: Thunderbird for email

I've been using Apple's proprietary software for mail on my iMac and I'm not very impressed with it. My biggest issue is that it won't store my sent mail. Now that's not a problem if someone replies to an e-mail using the reply button but if they don't it's gone for good and can't find out how to ma...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 6398

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

There is an Appassionata that rivals the Richter version (I prefer his Moscow recording over the Carnegie Hall) and that is Gilels, in a live performance from January 1961. It is nothing like his DG version in the nearly complete LvB PS. This is fiery, impassioned and also takes the speed right to t...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 12155

Re: Getting a new computer

Since we home non-corporate users can't prevent the Windows 10 on our computers from downloading and installing Windows updates - I believe that's so - and they haven't given a hint of what they intend to do, the possibility of disaster is still hanging over us. I quickly checked my Win10 PC (which...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 12155

Re: Getting a new computer

Win10 works well for an MS product and is probably their most stable OS ever.

You have the choice with updates of

Manual

A notification from MS with a number of choices to download.

Automatic.

I use the second option.

At work they’ve implemented the auto option and it’s a nightmare.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 7601

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

Solomon’s is also worth a listen.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 7601

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

You may also want to hear the Op.17 Fantasy played by the late Sergio Fiorentino, final mov. slower than usually played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa7LS5A2BhI Fiorentino said Bach and Schumann were his 2 fav composers. I also rate the Fiorentino as the best I’ve heard Op 17 played. Please not...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 6214

Re: Which streaming service?

I've also tried Tidal and yes, there are recordings on it in CD quality or FLAC/ALAC, but not that many and only a small percentage are classical. The rest of their recordings are the same as Spotify's at 320 kbps. Considering that Spotify is considerably cheaper and has a lot more content it's a no...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 6252

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 6252

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Displacing the unwanted
Replies: 3
Views: 2447

Re: Displacing the unwanted

It would certainly drive me away!
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3784

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

If Hungerford had been able to complete the 32 they might well have been considered as one of the 'ultimate' set of the LvB PS, like Annie Fischer's or Wilhelm Kempff's (mono) are today. I have all 22 plus some repeats on the KASP label.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 9822

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

German:

ei as in stein is pronounced as STINE

ie (as in Lieder) pronounced as LEEDER

So Dinnerstein should technically be pronounced as DinnerSTINE but I suppose you can say your name any way you want.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 16
Views: 6176

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

I remember him fondly as one of the leading lights of this forum.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang’s Return
Replies: 6
Views: 2616

Re: Lang Lang’s Return

bang fizz
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 7333

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

What's wrong about Amazon? The same thing. Not at all. Amazon sells products, and the only personal information they require is the minimum needed to collect payments and ship purchases, which any online or mail order vendor needs to have since the Sears catalog and before. While customers can post...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 14525

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Part 2 of this message so that you don't have to keep on scrolling down. There are, according to my calculations, 20 CDs where the two collections overlap. There were also a few (about 5 or 6) where there was only a one year difference between supposed recording dates but as these are live recording...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 14525

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

OK, here goes. I will be highlighting the overlaps as it will take less time. CD1 Chopin: Smooth swashes and gorgeous Polish dance, Mozart Don Juan theme variation Piano: Postnikova Roževstevinski Conducts Soviet Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture (1990, 1984) Debussy: Two excerpts of "Ki...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 14525

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

The Rubinstein was initially issued by the Russian Revelation label about 20 or so years ago I know this because I bought it. It’s all the Chopin from the legendary October 1964 concert in Moscow. It has since been released as part of the 142 CD Rubinstein Collection which also includes the encores ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 14525

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

The Brilliant Classics box (which I have) is different from the Legendary Soviet Recordings box though I imagine that there would be some overlap. The Legendary box is from Yendang and does, I believe, include the famous Richter/Borodin Trio recording of the Dvorak Op 81. The BC box is all about sol...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"
Replies: 8
Views: 6105

Re: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"

Robert Merrill and Jussi Bjorling. Brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. This has to be one of the greatest opera performances of all time. I don't use the word definitive often but this has to be it.
by Holden Fourth
Fri May 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 4710

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have the complete Perahia set and love it. While there are some performances of the later concertos by other pianists which have been outstanding this set by Perahia is just so satisfying to listen to. The one that switched me onto his Mozart PCs was a single CD I bought of the 9th and 21. I bough...
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another piano Wunderkind
Replies: 3
Views: 2098

Re: Another piano Wunderkind

Unfortunately, it's not just confined to CM. As a coach of competitive swimming I see the exact same thing, the parental drive to have their child achieve at the highest possible level at the earliest possible age. I know of one boy who trains eight sessions a week and he's only nine years old. It '...
by Holden Fourth
Wed May 09, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another piano Wunderkind
Replies: 3
Views: 2098

Re: Another piano Wunderkind

To put this into perspective, this competition is for pianists under the age of 16. Still, it's amazing to hear a 10 year old play this well.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 05, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcelle Meyer
Replies: 11
Views: 4838

Re: Marcelle Meyer

I have a CD of her playing Scarlatti - it's excellent.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 24280

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

In his younger years Ashkenazy was one of the finest Chopin pianists around. The LP recorded when he placed second in the Warsaw competition (Adam Harasiewicz was first), including the second concerto and some solo pieces, and Melodiya's complete recording of the Chopin etudes, are still tops for m...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 24280

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

I've not heard Sherman. I have the first of Brendel's set of the '32 and like the approach he takes with most of it. For me, Arrau is hit and miss. His Op 111 is absolutely outstanding but other sonatas I've heard have been neither here nor there. That said, I have listened to all 32 by him. I agree...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Joyce plays " Rustle of Spring", 1939
Replies: 2
Views: 2318

Re: Eileen Joyce plays " Rustle of Spring", 1939

While this was a hackneyed piece, Eileen Joyce's articulation is stunning.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 24280

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

The first movement doesn't work for me. Ashkenazy had a reputation for being a bit of a 'basher' in his early days and it seems to be very evident here. The second and third movements are much better though the heavy hands do reappear in the finale. For me there are two Op 13s that work really well....