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by bricon
Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3525

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

Cliftwood: That article by Diegobueno is a statement of his preferences, wrapped in a veneer of pseudo-intellectual authority; a contrary view could be validly expressed against every point that he made. He cites some specific dislikes – in my view at the extreme end of regietheater – and concludes...
by bricon
Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3525

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

The most disturbing problem is the emergence of Eurotrash productions Nonsense. The biggest problem is bad direction – that applies equally to “concept” and traditional stageings. Have you seen Zeffirrelli’s current production of Aida for La Scala? That’s a lavish, “traditional” staging that is dir...
by bricon
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 14527

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Tosca - 18 complete recordings.
by bricon
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs

The Opera Australia newsletter (Allerta!) arrived in my in-box today and it contained the following message: A special message from Dame Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge has a special message for Allerta! readers: “Joan would like to thank everyone who has sent such kind messages, and such beautiful ...
by bricon
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 49145

Re: Trashing contemporary music

If I had my way, all funding of the arts with tax money would be terminated immediately. Charities and foundations should handle that kind of patronage, not the government. That model is still supported by your "tax dollars". Charaties and foundations raise most of their money from tax-deductable d...
by bricon
Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aussie Soprano PO'd at Her Government
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Aussie Soprano PO'd at Her Government

$15 million was to have been the total budget for the revival; not the government’s contribution. The box office would have accounted for over half of that budget, then add income from sponsorships, merchandise, marketing activities, satellite events, broadcasts etc. The governments’ contribution wo...
by bricon
Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beckmesser's Wagner Ring Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Re: Beckmesser's Wagner Ring Thread

Corlyss_D wrote: I don't want any of my tax dollar going for support of the arts. That's what non-profits, foundations, charities, and philanthropists are for.
About a third of the income from those sources is in fact “your tax dollars”.
by bricon
Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 49145

Re: Trashing contemporary music

In May, I had the pleasure of going to Carnegie Hall for a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra ; the program consisted of Respighi's Gli uccelli , Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni , and the premiere of a piece commissioned by the group, a kind of concerto grosso by Charles Wuorinen called Syntaxi...
by bricon
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwangler La Scala Ring 'Addendum-7/16/08'-Need Help...
Replies: 8
Views: 2200

Re: Furtwangler La Scala Ring Is A Best Buy Of The Year!

Thank you for drawing that release to our attention. The Wagner bargain of the moment is undoubtedly Wagner: The Great Operas from the Bayreuth Festival , a 33 disc set from Decca. This set has re-releases of Wagner’s operas from Der fliegende Holländer through to Parsifal in performances recorded a...
by bricon
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD Box Set Sales Drop Off-Any Classical Ramifications?
Replies: 11
Views: 1058

Re: CD Box Set Sales Drop Off-Any Classical Ramifications?

Yesterday, I received this 33 disc box-set, Wagner: The Great Operas from the Bayreuth Festival.


This has to be one of the greatest bargains ever offered by a major recording label.
by bricon
Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs

Richard Bonynge should be contactable at the following address until the end of August:


Richard Bonynge AO CBE
C/- Opera Australia
P.O. Box 291
Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. 2012
Australia
by bricon
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Dame Joan Sutherland Breaks Both Legs

Agnes: Richard Bonynge is currently in Sydney for rehearsals of Lucia di Lammermoor; you could send a card or message to him care of the opera company at Strawberry Hills to pass on to Dame Joan.
by bricon
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting a Strad Through a CAT Scan
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: Putting a Strad Through a CAT Scan

I don’t understand why this story has made such a splash over the past week or so.

Apart from the use of CT technology little has changed from the theory that was circulating 5 years ago:

Link – CNN 2003
Link – National Geographic 2004
by bricon
Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: any good opera suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: any good opera suggestions?

I'm trying to organize a list of libretti I'll be reading for a while, but I'm not really sure where to start. I'm thinking of buying a 'Magic Flute' libretto that comes with cds (EMI recording I believe). Any good suggestions? So far I have: ~Marriage of Figaro ~Barber of Seville ~Wagner's Ring ~T...
by bricon
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Don't Take Your MP4 Player to Jerusalem
Replies: 21
Views: 634

Re: Don't Take Your MP4 Player to Jerusalem

A feature of a mature democracy is not only the freedom of religion, but also the right to be free from religion.

It seems that Israel still has some way to go in that regard.
by bricon
Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And then there's the classical accordion
Replies: 33
Views: 2681

The Piazzolla boom over the past decade has thrust the classical accordion and its near relatives (like the bandoneon) well into the lime light. As Piazzolla’s music has begun to be exposed to classical music audiences, through the endeavours of conductors like Charles Dutoit and Richard Tognetti (w...
by bricon
Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is classical music 'better' than pop?
Replies: 68
Views: 4765

Is Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi “better” than Bernstein’s West Side Story?
by bricon
Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met HD Movies
Replies: 6
Views: 962

Hi Cliftwood,

Great to “see’ you again.

My email address changed a couple of years ago, when we moved into the city; however any old email address that you may have for me should still reach me.

Has your good lady wife managed to turn you into an opera tragic yet?
by bricon
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met HD Movies
Replies: 6
Views: 962

The Met stated (when it announced its 2008-9 season) earlier this month that the Met Live in HD movie theatre programme would be expanded for 2008-9 (from this year’s 8 ) to 10 performances and that dates and operas would be “announced in coming months”.
by bricon
Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mikado with Eric Idle & ENO
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Say, you wouldn't know anything about how to get Region 4 discs to play in Region 1, would you? Many (most?) DVD players that are on the market here (Australia) are able to play discs with any Zone coding, they can also play discs in either the PAL or NTSC formats. I don’t know whether DVD players ...
by bricon
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mikado with Eric Idle & ENO
Replies: 7
Views: 646

I am a great admirer of this Jonathan Miller directed ENO production. The seaside resort setting actually highlights the absolute “Englishness” of the piece. The cast of (then) ENO regulars are outstanding in this repertoire; particularly Lesley Garrett (Yum-Yum), Bonaventura Bottone (Nanki-Poo) and...
by bricon
Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lest We Forget: the year 2007.
Replies: 14
Views: 2281

12-16-07 Carlo Felice Cillario 92. Conductor Carlo Cillario died last Thursday in Bologna, Italy. His conducting career lasted over 60 years; he had a particularly strong association with Opera Australia (and its predecessors) for more than 3 decades. Many will remember him for conducting the (Calla...
by bricon
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Muti Lectures Audience on Evil of Premature Clapping
Replies: 24
Views: 2209

What a pretentious twerp is Muti! His reaction to the mildly irritating (but all too common) practice of applause between the movements of a symphony, is to interrupt the concert entirely while he regales the audience with a diatribe about how inappropriate it is to interrupt a symphony between move...
by bricon
Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I have a question.
Replies: 19
Views: 1629

Anyway, as I was fixing a computer for a client and listening to Wagner, and I suddenly got a revelation. I realized that I must go see Carmen... again. After looking in my phone book for ex girlfriends, I found one willing to go see it with me. All I need now is to find out where it's [ Carmen ] p...
by bricon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Giovanni
Replies: 68
Views: 6262

The nature of opera changed radically between the Baroque and Classical eras, and neither Mozart nor Beethoven would have considered an hour-long string of one da capo aria after another to be very dramatic. To the contrary, Mozart pushed operatic form in the direction of continuous concerted ensem...
by bricon
Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?

I avoid it because one HAS to watch whereas with disc recordings you can listen (still very intently) while doing other things such as being on the Internet, writing letters, etc. And I'm sure everyone does that most of the time ... multitasking. I don't mean raking the leaves, dusting the furnitur...
by bricon
Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Love Story
Replies: 15
Views: 1530

SaulChanukah wrote:Very interesting that two music lovers have nothing to say about the music except make senseless remarks on the title of the music.

This is a classical music forum after all no?
They may just not want to hurt your feelings.
by bricon
Fri May 18, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lo, The Poor Opera Understudy
Replies: 5
Views: 1557

“It’s irresponsible to give a young understudy a role that’s vocally beyond them,” says Steven Naylor, Glyndebourne’s director of artistic administration.
Wouldn’t it be “irresponsible” to cast an understudy in a role that was “vocally beyond them” in the first place?
by bricon
Thu May 03, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Track listing for Philips 426-301 (Baumann)???
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

This looks like what you're looking for.
by bricon
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Edinburgh is pronounced ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1853

I’ve always heard the second syllable in Aldeburg pronounced “bruh”; never as “berg”. However, I have heard a number of differing pronunciations for the first syllable; sometimes the “d” is silent = “All bruh”; sometimes the “d” is sounded = “Orld bruh”. In any case the second syllable always sounds...
by bricon
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy.
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

The official announcement that Ashkenazy will take up the Sydney offer is expected to be made later today (Wednesday) here.

Story
by bricon
Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solo or Orchestra?
Replies: 18
Views: 2829

But dont you think that one can express more sentiments with an orchestrah..? Many voices, colors, and moods can be used in a multi-instrumental work then lets say a piano... Dont you agree? I don’t believe that to necessarily be the case. Pictures at an Exhibition (for example) is just as colourfu...
by bricon
Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Greensleeves": an early romantic work?
Replies: 4
Views: 2140

When Greensleeves is sung accompanied by a solo lute or harp it sounds just like a madrigal from the Tudor period. There was a tendency to orchestrate and re-arrange pieces from earlier eras in the 19th and 20th centuries; Greensleeves was no exception. That simple melody has been arranged by EVERYO...
by bricon
Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use Dial-Up or Hi-Speed for Internet?
Replies: 20
Views: 5129

I use wireless broadband.
by bricon
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 41829

Some here may be interested to read the thoughts of someone about to conduct performances of Brahms’ 4 symphonies and Ein Deutsches Requiem - Gianluigi Gelmetti. Like few other composers, Brahms fuses new romantic ideas with a completely classical form. The classical equilibriums and the constructio...
by bricon
Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Amadeus
Replies: 25
Views: 18944

Re: Amadeus

One of the greatest misconceptions from the movie Amadeus is that Salieri poisons Mozart at the end. However Salieri never does, while he talks about killing Mozart at the start of the movie, Mozart dies before he has the chance. People still say how the film was wrong to show that Salieri poisoned...
by bricon
Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 416634

Messiaen’s Quartour pour la Fin du Temps; played by Saschero Gawriloff (violin), Hans Deinzer (clarinet), Siegfried Palm (cello) and Aloys Kontarsky (piano). This is the “filler” on a CD set containing Simon Rattle’s recording of the Turangalía Symphonie (with the CBSO).
by bricon
Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The most important concerts and symphonies from the classica
Replies: 53
Views: 13531

To answer my own question: I think that Mozarts clarinettconcerto and Haydns trumpetconcerto are very important, as they both are soloconcerti for instruments that was new in the classical era . Trumpet concerti (and similar pieces, like sonatas) were hugely popular in the Baroque period – there we...
by bricon
Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The most important concerts and symphonies from the classica
Replies: 53
Views: 13531

It’s impossible to talk in absolute terms about the “most important concert and symphonies” of any particular era. I doubt that there was a seismic shift between the baroque and classical eras – it seemed to be more of a gradual progression. I think that the transition between the classical and roma...
by bricon
Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 41829

To get this discussion back on track, can anyone who thinks that Brahms is as widely appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach please state their evidence. Specifically, which measures of popularity are they basing these assertions upon? My local symphony orchestra is presenting 9 Brahms concerts o...
by bricon
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Tannhauser
Replies: 6
Views: 2874

The Solti is an excellent recording of the Paris version – maybe the finest of all his (Solti’s) studio Wagner recordings. The recording has a first rate cast and a particularly fine orchestra (VPO). It would definitely be my recommendation for someone’s first (or only) recording of Tannhäuser . I’m...
by bricon
Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Unique Mozart Gift
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Since we self-published the Mozart e-book, it isn't on Amazon yet. It is available directly from me for $29 plus $5 postage/handling in the USA, $8 postage/handling international for regular air mail and $16 postage/handiling international for registered mail. . What’s the deal with postage and han...
by bricon
Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Recommend ballet music
Replies: 19
Views: 3218

Two of the most popular operas in the repertoire are The Nutcracker and Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky arranged suites of music from each opera and they are often paired together on a single CD – which (IMO) would make a perfect introduction to classical or ballet music for your goddaughter. ...
by bricon
Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: If Only Berg Had Written More Operas!
Replies: 10
Views: 1716

Re: If Only Berg Had Written More Operas!

I like the idea of Berg more than I like Berg. I read both of Georges Perl's books on the operas, and I can safely say this: the books are more interesting than the operas. I can appreciate that Berg’s musical language isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; however I can’t believe that anyone would describe ...
by bricon
Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Is Operetta Still Alive Somewhere?
Replies: 10
Views: 1601

Many companies regularly include operetta in their seasons. Opera Australia always includes an operetta in their Sydney season (which usually consists of 16 operas). Unfortunately the selection of operettas chosen is usually from a very narrow repertoire – Lehar, Strauss (J), Offenbach, Kalman and G...
by bricon
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Shoot me down girls (guys..)
Replies: 33
Views: 9089

Re: Shoot me down girls (guys..)

Why are women not more up there with the guys... In the conducting world I can think of not one... Marin Alsop is tedious and despite her marketing has nothing to say.. Simone Young and Sian Edwards are both highly regarded conductors, both of whom have worked with major orchestras and opera compan...
by bricon
Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Orchestras seek classical revival with downloads
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Until hi-rez downloads are possible, a non-starter IMO. The technology for "lossless" file compression is already here. Furthermore, even the sound quality of 192Kb/s+ MP3 files FAR exceeds the execrable quality of most FM radio broadcasts in the USA. As some orchestras are viewing downloads as an ...
by bricon
Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What is the name of this piece and its composer?
Replies: 2
Views: 768

That's from the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin. An opera composed by Richard Wagner.
by bricon
Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Plots of Every Opera in Existence
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Opera plot synopses abound on the internet this site has links to over 500 synopses as well as original language libretti. Most opera company websites also have synopses of operas in their repertoire; here’s the Met’s synopses webpage. Translations of libretti can be a little more difficult to find,...
by bricon
Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Do you think he will ever tour again as a pianist - limiting his conducting infavour of the piano, as Barenboim is beginning to do? Probably not. He's performing the Rach 1 PC here later this year - as conductor. http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/sections/whats_on/boxoffice/event_details.asp?EventID=...