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by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7073

Re: Australian fires

Sue, I agree with everything you just said. Sensible land management legislation to prevent a recurrence of this dreadful fire season is urgently needed. We had measures in the past designed to significantly lessen the impact of our annual fire seasons and they were subverted by well meaning but ign...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments
Replies: 9
Views: 1019

Re: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments

This is not about whether or not Forstater's views are correct or not, but her right to express them privately. Of course, those who disagree with her also have the right to express their contrary point of view. The uptake of all this for me is that we are no longer able to comment on something we d...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4008

Re: The dejection election

The making it up part tends to apply to those who write for some of those online only publications with names eerily similar to actual large media publishers. The deliberate manipulation of facts (and figures) applies to all. Much of this “distortion” comes from political or ideological agendas and ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4008

Re: The dejection election

So much news today is “fake news” because nobody challenges it. Sorry, I have to ask you to expand on what you mean by this. What are you categorising as fake news? Who isn't challenging it? Normally when I hear "fake news" I want to reach for the bucket - it's usually claimed by spivs and exploite...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

Re: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:55 pm
Belle wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:34 pm
Wonderful!! Thank you for posting this. I really admire this pianist and will listen again this morning while I'm polishing the silver for Christmas day. (Where's Hyacinth Bucket??)
It's " Bouquet " .
:lol:
by Holden Fourth
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4008

Re: The dejection election

So much news today is “fake news” because nobody challenges it.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4008

Re: The dejection election

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/12/13/the-revenge-of-democracy/ A good article. This is not new of course as the election of Donald Trump, and the 'miraculous' re-election of the LNP against all odds have already shown. The Labor party here in Australia did the same thing as the Labour party in ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8192

Re: A loss

John Francis was his own man, stood strongly behind his opinions and was not afraid to call you out on yours. I know because this happened to me a few times. However, it was never you the person who he took to task but your ideas instead and I can easily run with this. That said, he would also affir...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set
Replies: 10
Views: 2078

Re: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set

Why do I get the impression that he is trying to imitate a harpsichord
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7073

Re: Australian fires

While the Greenies are claiming that this is all about climate change, they are extremely culpable in the whole scenario. The aboriginals discovered that early back burning was a good way of minimising any fire risk. However, the Greens oppose this as they see that it might be dangerous to certain e...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 4266

Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

I've got his Brandenburgs which I love.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 7217

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Back to the Amazon thing and paying taxes. Last year the government, under then treasurer Scott Morrison, decided to collect GST (sales tax) from purchases outside of Australia at any price point. Originally this was for goods over $1000 but now applies to everything regardless or price. Instead of ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 3532

Re: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti

You are lucky to actually see something. When I looked at the post I thought that he'd forgetten to include the link.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 17800

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

you can take that to the bank!! In the end, it all comes down to who's got da CASH, dont it? The political class has lost touch with the people, particularly the working class - which has endured the most out of their governments' neglect. The Left became rich and they forgot their own people. We'r...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's
Replies: 7
Views: 5981

Re: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's

Ad block plus also works for Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's
Replies: 7
Views: 5981

Re: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's

maestrob wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:27 pm
No apologies necessary! :D I enjoyed about half of the Chopin before the intrusive ads finally frustrated me.
Ad Block Pro will solve that problem for you.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On
Replies: 39
Views: 14021

Re: Impeachment Inquiry Appears To Be On

In today's world of a politically biased and intellectually challenged media, who knows what to believe? This is polarisation of views at it's most extreme and it's poorly reported. Add in all the fake news on social media and what is actually true is buried under a mass of inaccuracies and rhetoric...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Climate Change Bandwagon - Who's On It?
Replies: 56
Views: 17800

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: 56
Views: 17800

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: 6647

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: 8022

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: 24896

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: 2150

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: 2433

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: 24896

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: 2303

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: 6047

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: 3712

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: 9619

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: 9619

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: 3475

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: 19803

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: 10805

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: 4965

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: 11161

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: 10058

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: 10058

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: 10058

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: 6340

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: 4150

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: 8711

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: 15172

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: 15172

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: 10330

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: 10330

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: 8434

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: 8076

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: 8076

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: 3198

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: 5113

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.