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by barney
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 47
Views: 540

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

One of the fellows who lectures for our community music group sings in the Pinchgut Opera. I don't follow their events myself. But the link you provided shows that the baroque is alive and well in Australia. Pinchgut are extraordinarily accomplished. Baroque opera is my least favourite opera, but P...
by barney
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 47
Views: 540

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Sorry, I disagree with the use of the term "no-name performers." The exalted status of some performers in an earlier era, such as Heifetz, Rubinstein, or Horowitz, stemmed from the relatively fewer performers performing to a high technical standard as compared with the situation today, the high lev...
by barney
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 158

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

But Len, why were they all in the foyer?
Did they like the drinks better than the opera? I've been to performances like that.
by barney
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Bach 333

Has anyone else got the Bach 333 set? 222 CDs.
I regard it as the best box set I've ever seen, marginally ahead of Mozart 225 (2016) and the Philips 200-CD Great Pianists of the 20th Century (1999)
https://www.bach333.com/en/
by barney
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vadim Repin - live at 21
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Vadim Repin - live at 21

Repin toured Europe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2007, missing one concert in which he was replaced by Sarah Chang. He was immense. I interviewed him in Berlin, and my final question was whether he had any superstitions. "Oh no, none," he said. I asked him to sign my program. Is that for...
by barney
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 630

Re: Too Slow?

Caetani had a stint at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the musicians esteemed him highly. (So did I.) But his cycle is with the Milan orchestra, from memory - I haven't heard it. Does the orchestral playing have the necessary depth and richness, Brian?
by barney
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!

That's disturbing, Lance, if you are a completist. I have the full Leslie Howard set mouldering away on top of one of the CD bookcases, and now you tell me I'm no longer complete! Still, I think I'll just have to live with that unsatisfactory state of affairs. :D
by barney
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marx in London Jonathan Dove
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Marx in London Jonathan Dove

Well said, Brian. Me too.
by barney
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann’s ‘Faust’
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Schumann’s ‘Faust’

Yes, I have that version. I will put it on the play list.
by barney
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Erich Kunzel

sorry Lance, no.
by barney
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 45240

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory.
by barney
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the House fell
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: How the House fell

I really love the Trump cartoon in the Australian yesterday.
At present it's the second along, Trump playing golf. Captures him perfectly.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinio ... 596589f6db
by barney
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann’s ‘Faust’
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Schumann’s ‘Faust’

Goethe, though a very great poet, unlike Shakespeare had a tin ear, and never wrote Faust or anything else with the intention of having it set to music. Faust is a "play" strictly for reading. Goethe did recognize that a few things would be singled out as songs, but he disliked Schubert's great set...
by barney
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 1121

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Fascinating, Sue. I'd really love to know what he said about Norman that made her reach for a writ but - unsurprisingly - a cursory Google search is not revelatory. I have some 50 accounts of the Appassionata, and I am delighted to see they include the Richter 1960 Carnegie Hall. Guess what will be ...
by barney
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 45240

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK!
by barney
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

I know we're verging (boom boom, geddit?) from the point, but you are right, John. At St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne we still have vergers; nowhere else in this diocese. I've heard very many utterly trite 10 minute homilies, whose only virtue was their brevity, as well as (in a Baptist Church I us...
by barney
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

It is the highest of high Anglican churches I have ever been to, which includes a lot of cathedrals. I wouldn't choose there to worship God . . . . I've heard the Anglican Church praised for keeping Christianity at bay in England. Well said! :) There's a lovely quote from a 19th century verger at a...
by barney
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky and Shostakovich's 13th
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Mravinsky and Shostakovich's 13th

It's entirely possible that the reasons were a complex melange which Mravinsky himself might not have been able to disambiguate.
by barney
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

It is the highest of high Anglican churches I have ever been to, which includes a lot of cathedrals. I wouldn't choose there to worship God (the Presbyterian in me) because it's just TOO overpowering, but I would happily worship music there. And that of course is purely personal; I understand that f...
by barney
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2238

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad it went well, Sue, and fingers crossed for "what's next". Don't forget the Schubert quintet for two cellos in your spiritual and physical recuperation.
by barney
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: goldscheider v royal opera house
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: goldscheider v royal opera house

Yes, really interesting Len. Thanks for posting it.
by barney
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

Decca Eloquence - the ultra budget arm in Australia - put out heaps of her piano recordings in the past couple of years. Plus of course the many I acquired over the years, such as the Mozart. I think I have at least 30 de Larrocha CDs, so I won't get this one.
by barney
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Essential" Brahms recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: "Essential" Brahms recordings

John F wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:08 am
That's a pretty eccentric list - WQXR mostly favors Brahms lite, as in lite beer. A few standard recordings there, but mostly not.
Brahms lite? What constitutes serious Brahms then? I might cavil at some of the recommended recordings, but the chosen works seem pretty fair to me.
by barney
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1966

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Barney, absolutely delight in the work of both violinists. While I have almost everything Grumiaux recorded (I never did get the big box years ago before mega-boxes came forth) but collected his recordings on LPs and CDs voraciously. Szeryng is also a grand artist, quite different, as has been note...
by barney
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1966

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Yes Szeryng's Mozart sonatas with Ingrid Haebler are very good too. I feel he has been badly underestimated since Perlman's quip about not recognising his playing. Mind I sometimes find the same with Gil Shaham, another superb player. I'm not familiar with this quotation. Can you provide it more fu...
by barney
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2238

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Today I'm listening to this and other music by Bach as I prepare for very serious surgery on Tuesday. I'm giving thanks: the miraculous triumvirate of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRnA8VaFzD8 I think that is a highly intelligent way to prepare: spiritual, calming, be...
by barney
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1966

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

I was one of those who felt the Grumiaux set was better, but it's the one I grew up with so I my not have been neutral. I didn't complain about it though. You are right, Mike, that performance styles have changed and I greatly enjoy many modern renditions. But the seamless purity of Grumiaux, that r...
by barney
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1690

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

No argument, she is certainly a fine capable artist. And I believe I conveyed that. But it's hard for her to outrun a great quote.
by barney
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1690

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

This is how the 2015 article began, which I thought was pretty fair: One of the world’s most glamorous classical musicians will adorn stages in Melbourne and Sydney this month when Chinese pianist Yuja Wang performs with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Admired for her scintillating tec...
by barney
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pogorelich live 1981,1982
Replies: 14
Views: 1286

Re: Pogorelich live 1981,1982

If I recall aright, he did some superb Prokofiev sonatas around that time, which I got on LP.
by barney
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1690

Re: Yuja Wang live in Vienna,2017

I interviewed Yuja a few years ago for The Age. I mentioned the clothes and a couple of quotations, which she did not like. Her agent asked the Sydney Morning Herald not to run the article as well (most of my articles run in both papers if the artist is appearing in both cities). Thus the Andras Sch...
by barney
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4460

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I too agree about Brahms; the second is my favourite of his symphonies. Sue, Sir Andras Schiff, one of the greatest pianists currently playing, has one recital in Sydney tonight, with Brahms (not the sonatas), Bach, Beethoven. If at all possible, you should go.It's the first time he's visited Austra...
by barney
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 5045

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I've heard Hough live three times, and each time have been extraordinarily impressed and moved. In 2012 he did Tchaikovsky 2, in 2007 Saint Saens 5, both with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and in 2011 a particularly fine recital: Beethoven: Piano Sonata 14 in C sharp minor, Moonlight, Op 27 Houg...
by barney
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4460

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I know nothing of the feral rock concerts, but I certainly don't disagree. The opera house should be unsullied by any advertising or even light shows; I am very happy to agree with that too.
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 45240

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2272840#utm_source=ArkivMusic_NL&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=WS-10122018&utm_content=Szell-Columbia Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't h...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4460

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

Interesting, I was not aware of the use of the "sails" other than the non-commercial light shows. It will be interesting to see how, in the end, it all turns out. Who can actually make a final decision about this? I agree 100% with these comments from Brendan O'Neill about the 'advertising' on SOH:...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4460

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

That the Opera House sails have been used for tawdry advertising in the past doesn't make it right now, I suggest. I think all advertising on the sails should be banned. New Year's Eve light shows are different. The rise of gambling ads in Australia has been a real blight and I utterly loathe them. ...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 5045

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Six fictional priests chosen by Stephen Hough: http://www.stephenhough.com/files/index_90_2159693248.pdf This was really interesting, thanks for posting. I was quite unaware of most of the films. As a teen, I loved the Father Brown stories, and I quite enjoy the current TV series, though my watchin...
by barney
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 5045

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Hough first came to my notice, and I think many others', with his recording of two Hummel piano concertos on Chandos. It's a winner, and so is the music. I've had that one since it was first issued, and I agree with you. You can hear premonitions of Chopin very clearly in the music, which I play at...
by barney
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 5045

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Not sure I want to read "gritty" and "sticky" gay sex scenes - well, actually, I'm sure I don't - but apart from that it looks like a really interesting book.
by barney
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85
Replies: 7
Views: 2104

Re: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

JohnF is right - rather unrestrained. I intend no disrespect but she was also the subject a great one-line by Clive James in the Observer in 1979: "Tosca in Tokyo featured Montserrat Caballe. The Japanese were impressed. It was clear that they hadn’t seen anything that size since the battleship Miss...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG
Replies: 2
Views: 1415

Re: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG

I didn't get it, as I have nearly all the recordings anyway.
But that Amazon price - is that genuine? Is anyone actually paying that or is it some algorhytm or computer trick?
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 17
Views: 3548

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

You do know, Brian, that if we are destined to have and addiction or disease, I cannot find a better one that collecting recordings and actually listening to as much music as we possibly can in the time available. Quite so!! As it stands, I buy 2-4 single CDs/month: only the cream of the crop will ...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Bernstrein recorded many of the symphonies - not, I think, a complete set - and he is always worth listening to. Very individual approach. My only complete set is Jarvi, but Haitink and Karajan also recorded many. I think the new Andris Nelsons set at Boston will be well worth collecting. He's start...
by barney
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I love the Babi Yar symphony just as you do, Barney, and your review was one of the strongest and most poetic I have read. KUDOS for that. But I do not share your slighting of the Prokofiev Sinfonietta. You should know that that work is more popular in Chicago than in many places because Dieter Kob...
by barney
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I attended both the Western premiere of XIII in Philadelphia w/Ormandy conducting while I was attending Villanova and studying the Russian language (we read Yevtushenko's poetry in class), as well as Masur's performence with Yevtushenko reading his poetry before a rapt audience, and have both recor...
by barney
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Boheme
Replies: 7
Views: 1795

Re: Met Boheme

Barney we're down here in kennett square PA-the mushroom capital of America-you were in nyc and didn't tell us! Len :lol: I was with a group on a program, or I would certainly have tried to meet whatever members of CMG could make it. The loss is entirely mine. I remember with delight our 2016 lunch...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Sublime Shostakovich

I mentioned in the boheme thread that I have just been in the US on an interfaith program in Chicago and New York, and spoke of my disappointment at missing the Met debut of Australian soprano Nicole Car. However, I was able to escape (with permission) one night in Chicago, and went to the CSO and M...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 6
Views: 2144

Re: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

Ferras' Beethoven concerto was greatly admired for a long time, though it has been well overtaken now. I haven't played it for years because I have at least 40 accounts, and Ferras is not in the top 20 for me. Another violinist whom JohnF does not esteem is in my top 20 accounts, and that is Frances...
by barney
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Boheme
Replies: 7
Views: 1795

Re: Met Boheme

I just got back today from the US - I had three days in Chicago and four in New York (including the day of this opera), but on a program schedule. I had been desperate to go to this Boheme, because Nicole Car is a soprano I love. She hasn't got a big voice, but it is finely tuned and very flexible, ...