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by barney
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 22
Views: 5096

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

For many, if not most, people the public humiliation is very much part of the punishment. Some egos are so invincible the humiliation bounces off. Naturally I have no idea what it has meant to either conductor.
by barney
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy New Year CMGers!
Replies: 4
Views: 1659

Re: Happy New Year CMGers!

Yes, happy, healthy and fulfilling 2019 to all.
by barney
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 22
Views: 5096

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

Because I just poured myself a glass of good American suds: Great Lakes where all good things are brewed. Courting infamy, I will state that I too like beer. Wow isn't it a little early for beer. Are you courting infamy or supreme courting infamy ! Regards, Len [out of here] :lol: What do you mean ...
by barney
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 8
Views: 3622

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

I've got it and haven't opened it yet. :(
Clearly some material in it I don't already have. Might check out the Cherkassky tonight.
by barney
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!

Thank you Lance, and the same to you and all my CMG companions.
We're more than half way through it in Australia - 1pm - and we are just awaiting the arrival of our guests for lunch.
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 2759

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

I don't know that one, Lance. Hard to imagine Joan scaling down for a living room, even a large one. Not known as La Stupenda for nothing!
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

From the quotations jserraglio provides, Jesus himself did not found a Christian church but he instructed his disciples to do so, naming Peter. This does not make Christianity and the Christian church(es) one thing, as many professed Christians belong to no church, but let it go. Martin Luther may ...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 2759

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

He cultivated the image of a sophisticated dilettante. One of my favourite stories is that he eold Adelina Patti (from memory) that he had cried only twice as an adult: once when he heard her sing for the first time and once when he dropped a truffled chicken wing into Lake Como. Anyway, clearly the...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series
Replies: 9
Views: 2759

Re: Naxos' Rossini's Sins of Old Age Series

Is it all Rossini, Lance? He didn't have that many sins, did he? 11 CDs worth?
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

The early church was modelled on the synagogue style of meeting, but generally took place in houses (as it does in China today). There are many New Testament references to such meetings. Travelling apostles such as Paul would start with the Jewish communities wherever he was, and if they were unrece...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

Maybe JohnF and I are not so far apart. Bach was a practical man, agreed, and not averse to reusing his own music. I have often reused my own words, especially on those rare occasions when I think I said something well in the past. And I have no doubt Bach rationalised his obsequious work you mentio...
by barney
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild remembered
Replies: 8
Views: 3127

Re: Earl Wild remembered

He figures, as one might expect, in the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century collection. Without going back to check, I remember a lot of transcriptions and paraphrases that can be quite thrilling, eg the Strauss-Evler arabesques on the beautiful blue Danube. Also, in the RCA commemorative set...
by barney
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

To Bach, we know, all music was to the glory of God, which is why he wrote SDG on nearly every manuscript. That's as may be, but it does not follow that therefore the music relates to Bach's religion. The man wrote some downright comical music, such as the last Goldberg variation which works "Kraut...
by barney
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

Christianity is one thing, the institution of the Christian church quite another. You can take Christianity out of the church (e.g., the Church of England) but you can't take the church out of Christianity. Say what? The Church of England is a Christian sect, you can't take Christianity out of it. ...
by barney
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 11280

Re: Speculations

While I understand why John bridles at Belle's claim - I think she's right but certainly needs the sort of nuance hard to provide on a short post and while on holiday - I think John goes too far in his rebuttal. To Bach, we know, all music was to the glory of God, which is why he wrote SDG on nearly...
by barney
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 3685

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Brian, how did you fit it in your apartment? :wink:
by barney
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

Re: Bach 333

Sorry Brian, I missed your reply at the time. You are right, and you probably do have every work you could want. But I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for it - every major singer and soloist and conductor, more or less, since 1931 is here. About 150 CDs are all the repertoire, and the other 50+ are fam...
by barney
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 12055

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: 51
Views: 12055

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: 2375

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: 3
Views: 1570

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: 1638

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: 2250

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: 1081

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: 931

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: 1306

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: 1348

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: 133
Views: 74631

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: 2067

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: 1306

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: 3729

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: 133
Views: 74631

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: 2110

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: 2110

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: 589

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: 2110

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: 4914

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: 829

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: 1673

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: 1498

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: 4677

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: 4677

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: 4914

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: 4677

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: 2718

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: 2718

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: 2163

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: 2718

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: 6141

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: 8494

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...