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by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!
Replies: 15
Views: 187

Re: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:12 pm
Holden Fourth wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:31 pm

Hello Len, have you got a link for that?

This is the one I've got
Holden thanks-just couldn't find any link to that album-I'll try again tomorrow. Regards, Len
Your post inspired me to search for it and I discovered a few more like it so thanks for that.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!
Replies: 15
Views: 187

Re: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:59 am
Holden Fourth wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:25 pm
I have a 2 CD set called "The Greatest Voices"
Holden, is it this one? Regards, Len
Hello Len, have you got a link for that?

This is the one I've got

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by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!
Replies: 15
Views: 187

Re: "Old Fashioned" is right, and I couldn't be happier!

If I was ever born in a different era, it must've been in the Victorian period. For as long as I can remember, those "old-fashioned" songs that nobody sings anymore left a huge impression on yours truly. The songs lived well into the first half of the twentieth century and then ... disappeared. I w...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

Priority should be given to those most important - the front line workers including Top of the list: border control emergency services MIQ staff -that's anyone who works in the building at any point Vaccine distributors all medical staff including doctors, nurses, dentists, hospital employees, etc, ...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

...and this from the only media publication I read on a daily basis. THE SQUIZ Just as Australia hits the 1 million mark of COVID vaccines administered, PM Scott Morrison last night fronted the media to say he'd received advice that adults aged under 50yo who have not already received their first do...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

...and possibly looking to the future...... https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/university-of-queensland-covid19-vaccine-australias-secret-weapon-against-coronavirus/news-story/3fe8643c14738704ec2eb1bc24cfe4fa Let's hope that work and human trials occur once again. I like the idea of havin...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

But surely the part you bolded WAS responsible journalism, saying exactly what you think should be said? Exactly which is why I put it in bold. Here is something from the SMH yesterday which takes a much more two sided approach. By Liam Mannix April 5, 2021 — 7.45pm The Thrombosis and Haemostasis S...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

Nothing to do with the NYT and everything to do with balanced reporting. For example, not mentioned was the number of vaccinations already carried out in the UK as a fraction of the number of blood clot issues. There are probably other allergic reactions to any of the covid shots as there are with a...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: The U.K. reports more blood-clotting cases in people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

Britain reported 30 cases of extremely rare blood clots in people who had received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, the same sort of events that have prompted some European countries to restrict use of the shot in certain at-risk age groups. The reports represented 25 more cases than Britain’s medic...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Repair services for boys ( and men )
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Repair services for boys ( and men )

That's gold.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NSW floods
Replies: 22
Views: 701

Re: NSW floods

Those who are significantly injured, lost homes or had their homes damaged will be entitled to $1,000 AUD (roughly $770 USD) for adults or $400 AUD (roughly $310 USD) for children. This is indeed a tragedy. That dam breaking must be wreaking havoc. I'm also sure that $1,000 will barely cover the co...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NSW floods
Replies: 22
Views: 701

Re: NSW floods

We've had significant rain up here in SE QLD but nothing like what's been experienced in the Hunter Valley region. It looks like La Nina is here with a vengeance.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Re: Who Listens Through Headphones

Do you mean the Soundblaster X AE5? No. Googling that gets something else. Unbelievably, there is no model number on it - I've gone over it with a magnifying glass. I'll ask myfriend who advised me to get it. Aha - found an old email. It's an E5. Does that mean anything to you? There's a picture on...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Re: Who Listens Through Headphones

Do you mean the Soundblaster X AE5?
by Holden Fourth
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Re: Who Listens Through Headphones

Holden, have you any opinion on the Soundblaster with headphones? Friends praise it to the skies. Barney, I am going to assume you are talking about the Creative Soundblaster X3. They also have a couple of other models including the E5 and the Blaster X G6 - both a bit more expensive than the X3. I...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Re: Who Listens Through Headphones

In a previous post the Schiit Magni headphone amp was recommended and for the price it is a great upgrade for driving many headphones. However, this doesn’t go far enough if you want really good sound from your tablet/phone/PC for a minimal price All of these devices have their own built in DAC and ...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Re: Who Listens Through Headphones

Great to read the replies to this thread. As I suspected, many of you have dedicated set ups with speaker systems and the added paraphernalia. My own amp/Speaker set up (CD player excluded) goes back over 20 years and with a library of over 2000 CDs there is plenty for me to play on my new Rotel CD1...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Listens Through Headphones
Replies: 43
Views: 1198

Who Listens Through Headphones

I do a lot of my listening via my iMac (respecting the neighbours) which means either using a powered speaker set up or headphones. I use both. To get the best sound out of both systems I use a DAC/Amp set up. In this case it is the Burson Playmate 2. I have four different sets of cans to do my list...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's exemplary COVID response
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Australia's exemplary COVID response

Thanks for your full reply Holden. It will take me a while to answer, I'm sorry, but I will. I agree with some of what you say. Hello Barney, agreeing or disagreeing is all part of the conversational process and necessary for active dialogue to take place. Some of what you may say might make me rel...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!

I've got about 6.8 million people ahead of me in the line but I'm not worried - it'll happen eventually.

Best wishes for your health Lance.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's exemplary COVID response
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Australia's exemplary COVID response

I’ll be blunt, this is a load of crap. Which parts don't you like? All of it? Some claims in particular? Most of it! A twelve year old could have written this piece after a simple scroll through Google and a bit of cherry picking. There are many things it doesn't address properly that it should (di...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's exemplary COVID response
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Australia's exemplary COVID response

I’ll be blunt, this is a load of crap.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest chamber work
Replies: 40
Views: 1302

Re: Greatest chamber work

For me, the Schubert Quintet is a great work and he wrote many others that I really like. Once I start listing my favourites from other composers I'll find it hard to stop. From LvB Violin sonatas, to Dvorak quartets and quintets, to the wonderful Hummel piano trios there is so much to enjoy. Howeve...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest chamber work
Replies: 40
Views: 1302

Re: Greatet chamber work

With the wide range of genres within the chamber music sphere, I'd say that John F is probably right about it being fatuous.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven: Sym. #6 (Pastoral), Piano, 4-Hands [Argerich +]
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Beethoven: Sym. #6 (Pastoral), Piano, 4-Hands [Argerich +]

Available on Spotify and I'm listening now. Beware, the left and right channel are reversed.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Season of the Snitch
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: The Season of the Snitch

No, I don't believe there are. The worst I've seen is along the lines of "You've got to be joking if you believe that!" which is not defamatory in any way at all. However, once someone makes a personal comment about another that implies that that person is somehow deficit in any way (physically, psy...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Season of the Snitch
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: The Season of the Snitch

An interesting article. Just one point I'd like to make regarding what people post online in forums like these and other forms of social media. The bottom line is that you are responsible for the content you post and you can be brought to task for anything that is defamatory, slanderous or illegal. ...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I'd be interested to know if you thought she actually played the double octaves at the end of the Waldstein or used the thumb for glissandi. I think you are correct that she actually played them. Here is Frederick Lamond in 1930 actually playing them as far as I can tell: https://www.youtube.com/wa...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I listened to her "Moonlight" and "Waldstein" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq7lxeZY2BU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QuAL37Mxs4 Remarkable. Individual ideas and playing.Reminds me a bit of Ansel Adams' b&w photographs. I'd be interested to know if you thought she actually played the dou...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

OK, I've sampled some of Grinberg's LvB PS (all of them are on Spotify) so here are some obversations. Every facet of her technique is absolutely rock solid. One thing that really stood out was her legato playing - both with and without the sustain pedal it's absolutely seamless. As an example she s...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

Hello Lance As a fan of Russian pianists from that era I sampled Grinberg's LvB complete PS collection. To be blunt, I was underwhelmed but then again I was only sampling and maybe this will require a relistening from me. If I was going to listen to an LvB sonata that represented Grinberg's art, wha...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sokolov Interview
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Sokolov Interview

This interview with one of my favourite pianists is probably the best interview with a public performer I've ever watched. The interviewer has definitely done her homework (and maybe gave Sokolov a list of the questions prior) There is nothing inane or banal. These are searching questions (but not p...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook’s New Look in Australia: News and Hospitals Out, Aliens Still In
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Facebook’s New Look in Australia: News and Hospitals Out, Aliens Still In

I'm happy that FB has dropped all news content because the day I rely on social media for my news is the day I start believing in unicorns. My FB page is now uncluttered and only has posts from family, friends and groups I subscribe to. The number of unsolicited ads also appears to have been drastic...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor discusses his new Liszt Sonata cd
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor discusses his new Liszt Sonata cd

A new golden age - possibly, but it only involves a few pianist from my perspective. I just ignore the technically brilliant 'wunderkind' who can play anything because it's usually uninspiring. The Lang Langs of this world. They seem to be the ones signed by the record labels. The likes of Grosvenor...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor discusses his new Liszt Sonata cd
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor discusses his new Liszt Sonata cd

Every time a new Benjamin Grosvenor release is announced I get excited. (I feel the same about Trifonov). This is still a very young man but one who seems to have such a mature and fresh approach to so many works. The one pianist who I thought he might also reference for the sonata is Cziffra. You'd...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rubinstein in Moscow, live 1964
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Rubinstein in Moscow, live 1964

This recital is part of the 142 CD big pink box set issued by RCA which I have. I’ve also got an abridged version on the Russian Revelation label which is minus the encores. I’ll have a listen and report back. As you may have guessed I’m also a huge Rubinstein fan,
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia and China problem
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Australia and China problem

Lance, it’s quite simple. China began a trade war when the Australian government strongly requested the the WHO look into the Wuhan COVID cases. Since then various trade sanctions have been initiated by the CCP on imports of Aussie barley, coal, seafood, beef, etc. We are now looking elsewhere. If t...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1347

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Brian makes some good points when he refers to the fact that Chopin didn't have a modern powerful grand piano and that should be taken into account when playing his works today. This is where many of our young virtuosi fall down. Note spinning simply because "Hell, I can do it" doesn't cut it with C...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1347

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

My issue with much of the modern approach to playing Chopin is the overuse of rubato and there are some recordings by feted pianists I can't listen to. This is why Arthur Rubinstein is probably my all time favourite Chopin interpreter. He simply plays the music as it is set out on the page yet at t...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1347

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

My issue with much of the modern approach to playing Chopin is the overuse of rubato and there are some recordings by feted pianists I can't listen to. This is why Arthur Rubinstein is probably my all time favourite Chopin interpreter. He simply plays the music as it is set out on the page yet at th...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Holden Forth: Did you even read my long post above from yesterday? From the content of your subsequent replies here, it would appear not. You state that you "don't care" what Trump does. Well, every citizen of the world who cares about the well-being of us all does care, as demonstrated by the atte...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Hello Barney Please understand that my points are directed to those who originally chose to use proto-facism and not you. You haven't published anything using that. I say that because I believe you are 'old school' and stand by what you write. From my perspective there is nothing wrong with 'old sch...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

I don't think I've made myself very clear. I'm not saying if Trump is a proto-fascist or not because I simply don't care. The point I'm trying to make is about the invention of nouns to try and describe one particular thing or person. The same goes for processes hence my 'Nazi' references. Proto-fas...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Deplorables? Another new word for the dictionary? Does 'sour grapes' accompany it Hilary?

My worry is the arrogance and demeanour of the word.

Defund - are we talking about taking money away from current projects or is this something to do with defunding the police?
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

I just love the "throw off" labels. Proto Fascist! WTF? Let's go back to the 1930s and compare this trend with Nazi propoganda. Phrases like 'lebensraum', Endlösung (final solution), entartet (degenerated art). Will 'Trumpian' become an new Oxford dictionary word? As Belle hinted at, much of this is...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1576

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

The cancel culture folks would not bear any serious scrutiny if they were brave enough to identify themselves. A recent BLM protest here in Qld was largely organised by left wing privileged white groups. Out of all of them there was only one indigenous group involved. To me, they have serious legiti...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1869

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

......as I said in a post on another thread - go ahead, keep him in the news, it's exactly what he wants.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Holden Fourth wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:53 pm
My understanding is that Britain’s NHS is even better than our Medicare. It was also one of the factors in the Brits voting to leave the EU as they perceived that the system was being overrun by people from EU countries. Whether this was true or just campaign scare mongering I don’t know.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

My understanding is that Britain’s NHS is even better than our Medicare. It was also one of thefactors in the Brits voting to leave the EU as they perceived that the system was being overrunby people from EU countries. Whether this was true or just campaign scare mongering I don’t know.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Our Medicare system, like yours, comes from our taxes and comes with some good perks. These include free doctors visits and hospital care though for the latter you go onto a waiting list which can be long. Private health cover significantly speeds up that process. My health cover includes a proporti...