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by barney
Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Impromptus
Replies: 53
Views: 3046

Re: Schubert Impromptus

I have three versions by Brendel of both sets, plus 2 Curzons (1941 and 52) and Uchida of both sets, plus Yudina and Arrau. Other pianists include Fischer, Richter, Lipatti, Backhaus, Janis, Rubinstein, Woodward, Paderewsky, Horowitz and Schiff. Most bring something of value.
by barney
Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : Last of the great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Article : Last of the great pianists

Lebrecht's view seems to me rather parochial, as with many British writers I believe I've figured it out. The theme that emerged as I read this piece is not the end of great pianism, but rather the end of a classical recording industry that could commission a complete Beethoven sonata cycle from As...
by barney
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy!
Replies: 25
Views: 705

Re: Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy!

What a philistine country Canada must be. Top 50, and no Glenn Gould, no Angela Hewett, etc etc (Australia, of course, would be exactly the same, I'm sure.) US dollar rising, Aussie dollar plummets from near parity to about 60c. If you want to buy Eloquence CDs from Australian Universal, now is the ...
by barney
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Seemann - a forgotten pianist
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Re: Carl Seemann - a forgotten pianist

I also have the Seeman Mozart set, and rate him quite highly.
by barney
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Seemann - a forgotten pianist
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Re: Carl Seemann - a forgotten pianist

Another pianist who is known mostly as a partner in violin sonatas and chamber music, at least outside Russia, is Lev Oborin. His partnership with David Oistrakh for three decades was the ticket for some of their recordings to reach the West, as well as the trio they formed with Sviatoslav Knushevi...
by barney
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : Last of the great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Article : Last of the great pianists

When Artur Rubinstein died (1982), he was considered the last of the great pianists. When Vladimir Horowitz died (1989), he was considered that last of the great pianists. When Claudio Arrau died (1991), he was considered the last of the great pianists. The same for Sviatoslav Richter (1997). There...
by barney
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : Last of the great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Article : Last of the great pianists

Lebrecht's view seems to me rather parochial, as with many British writers I believe I've figured it out. The theme that emerged as I read this piece is not the end of great pianism, but rather the end of a classical recording industry that could commission a complete Beethoven sonata cycle from As...
by barney
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Will Pavarotti's voice endure like Caruso's?
Replies: 19
Views: 1436

Re: Will Pavarotti's voice endure like Caruso's?

I agree about Pavarotti and Domingo. I admire both greatly, and one doesn't have to admire one and reject the other. Each is great in his own way. Yes, Domingo is superior in sheer musicianship, but Pavarotti's singing is far from unmusical, and Domingo is far more versatile. We are the richer for ...
by barney
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "In Search of Mozart"
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: "In Search of Mozart"

It is indeed a serious film. If I remember correctly, it had its premiere in Australia some years ago. Agnes mentioned it to me at the time, and I bought the DVD, based on her report. It does undertake to present a generous cross section of Mozart's work, juxtaposing it with sights from the current...
by barney
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht: Doom and Gloom Upon Us (Again)
Replies: 7
Views: 794

Re: Lebrecht: Doom and Gloom Upon Us (Again)

Actually, this is rather interesting, and doesn't go off the rails until the last paragraphs. I enjoyed reading it, a rare experience where Lebrecht is concerned. But then of course he does a Lebrecht. It's nonsense to suppose that the sale price of a one-of-a-kind Guarnerius will have any effect a...
by barney
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'
Replies: 37
Views: 2980

Re: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'

Lance wrote:Did anybody happen to agree with my appraisal of this disc?
Don't know the1995 version, but agree with your comments on 2008.
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev

To draw such a line at all I must be satisfied that I really know enough, and am fair-minded enough, to ascend to the seat of moral judgment. I'm not easily satisfied about that. Not referring to you specifically, I'd like to point out that that is the fundamental moral problem of our age. Nobody's...
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev

Let's explore this with a much more clearcut example than Furtwängler, the Venetian composer Carlo Gesualdo, who murdered his wife and her lover. No doubt murder is a bad thing, and no doubt Gesualdo had a moral duty not to murder people; as for his musical duty, to use your words, he had no such d...
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev

If you have no concern for "dubious friends" that's a matter for you, of course. But it leads me to ask: would you draw the line anywhere before "dubious friends" become a problem, for example Furtwaengler and Goebbels? Or is it simply a case of only music matters, and if he gets rid of all his Jew...
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev

In Furtwangler's case it is well known that he did his best to keep Jewish musicians in the BPO, and when that became impossible, he did what was possible to help them avoid persecution. His anti-establishment posture placed him squarely within Himmler's hit list and at the end of the war he was fo...
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free downloads from the Concertgebouworchestra
Replies: 27
Views: 1896

Re: Free downloads from the Concertgebouworchestra

^ You can't go wrong with Mahler's First, unagi; it's a glorious work that reflects many of the precedents established by his middle German Romantic counterparts, but also provides a concise glimpse at the styles that are to be found in his later symphonies. Sibelius's Second might not seem as acce...
by barney
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Re: Lebrecht vs. Gergiev

Amid his whirlygig schedule and dubious friends, it is easy to forget that Gergiev. 55, is one of the most incandescent conductors alive Typical Lebrecht tosh. Nobody forgets that Gergiev is a special conductor, and only Lebrecht knows or cares about his "dubious friends." Not so. I began a thread ...
by barney
Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

What about my other two quotes? I don't imagine anyone could get the battleship one: it is Australian journalist Clive James who has made his home in England for decades as a gadfly and public wit. The Villa Lobos one is by someone everyone posting here will know. Ah, Clive, I knew him when he was ...
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

What about my other two quotes? I don't imagine anyone could get the battleship one: it is Australian journalist Clive James who has made his home in England for decades as a gadfly and public wit. The Villa Lobos one is by someone everyone posting here will know.
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Yes, that is funny, but I heard a slightly improved version, as follows: "I'd rather have a FREE bottle in front of me than a PRE-frontal lobotomy." Very good. The original, I believe, comes from a country and western song but I don't...
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?

Irritatingly, I can't remember where I read this (it might have been on CMG), but where romantic piano works have a melody line and harmonic accompaniment, a Bach fugue has several distinct voices each of which must be individually delineated. Very, very challenging.
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Mendelssohn Project
Replies: 28
Views: 1245

Re: The Mendelssohn Project

A wonderful website about Felix Mendelssohn 'The Artist'. Aside from been one of the greatest composers of all time, Mendelssohn was also an accomplished artist that has created over 300 artworks. Please check out some of his original paintings: http://www.themendelssohnproject.org/about_tmp/activi...
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 512
Views: 93789

Re: More about YOU, the person on CMG!

My, my - people are really curious about this thread. We've had 571 hits on this thread and only a little more than a 10% response rate as of 1:15 a.m. EDT, October 14th, 2008. That's not a very good showing. Please admit that you're reading these responses and are already feeling a closer connecti...
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 5044

Re: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .

But actually, assuming I had two hands free I'd grab the two large boxes that each hold 100CDs of Philips' greatest pianists of the century collection. I know that sounds a bit like cheating, but it is just one set.
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 5044

Re: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .

I'll try not to take the question too literally, otherwise I would just grab whatever is most valuable, or something that's been autographed, or is out of print, or I could just rely on my iPod. Instead, assuming this is like those desert island questions where you can have only one recording from ...
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

And these ones (feel free tohave a go, Topo)

It took a hell of a man to take my Ann, but it didn't take him long.

and

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

And this one (ditto Topo)

Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I do not like, it is always by Villa Lobos?
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

Here's another one. If you know, Topo, don't rush in.

Who wrote this?

Tosca in Tokyo featured Montserrat Caballe. The Japanese were impressed. It was clear that they hadn’t seen anything that size since the battleship Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay in 1945.
by barney
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

Come on! Is it only Topo and me who are playing? Are we the only well-read and erudite members of CMG? Are we the only ones who know who to use the Google search function? I like this game because in these straitened times a smile is comparatively cheap. Only the $67 a month my broadband costs me. L...
by barney
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

TopoGigio wrote:Hi, Barney !
I 'sa'say Bernard Shaw 's ggreatly im'improved with mmu`mu`musik,,,Image
Clue:He was a lover of the words,as Prof.Higgins,,,
Would it be whimpering tom who missed out on a bang? T.S. Eliot.
by barney
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

TopoGigio wrote:
barney wrote:Here's another, ,,,
I liked the bit about quarter to eleven.
S A T I E, one of those french loved ones of Piston... :mrgreen:
Well done, Topo. 3 out of 3. You are hot. For those who don't get the joke, Satie said it of La Mer, from dawn to noon on the sea.
by barney
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

And one more to keep it interesting. Who allegedly said:

I liked your opera. I think I will set it to music.

How about this one: Wagner is the Puccini of music. (a very clever joke, in my view.) That one was the old English columnist Beachcomber.
by barney
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

Here's another, but first, one of my favourite Shaw anecdotes. George Bernard Shaw once attended as critic a recital given by a well-known Italian string quartet. A fellow critic, commenting favourably on the performance, said: ``These men have been playing together 12 years.'' ``Surely,'' answered ...
by barney
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Identify that quote!
Replies: 43
Views: 1309

Re: Identify that quote!

who said:
One can’t judge Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don’t intend hearing it a second time.
?
by barney
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portable CD player
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Portable CD player

I still use mine, though I have now invested via my employer in an apple iphone which has ipod attached. I have my big CD player in the music room, a smaller but more used one in the study, my discman (as Sony calls them) and I even use the one in the computer if I have to use headphones. The discma...
by barney
Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: top 100 chamber works

On the one hand, I feel that listeners were generous to put Borodin up at #7, and on the other hand, I feel they've bad taste for not acknowledging Schumann until #26. To me, making lists is about as musically constructive/instructive as whistling in the dark...but admittedly still fun! Tschüß! Jac...
by barney
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: top 100 chamber works

On the one hand, I feel that listeners were generous to put Borodin up at #7, and on the other hand, I feel they've bad taste for not acknowledging Schumann until #26. To me, making lists is about as musically constructive/instructive as whistling in the dark...but admittedly still fun! Tschüß! Jac...
by barney
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unique Beethoven 3rd PC with choice of 6 cadenzas!
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: Unique Beethoven 3rd PC with choice of 6 cadenzas!

Ralph wrote:Just what I've always been hoping for! Must get it.
ditto. thanks.
by barney
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does Gilbert & Sullivan fit into "your music?"
Replies: 56
Views: 3462

Re: Where does Gilbert & Sullivan fit into "your music?"

Opera Australia recently released an absolutely splendid DVD of their performance of Pinafore and Trial by Jury (performed on the same night!). I was there. Witty, deft, cleverly up to date with sight gags etc, but very true to the spirit of G and S. I adored the Kline/Ronstadt version - irreverent,...
by barney
Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbado And Beethoven's Nine Symphonies In A New DG Best Buy
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Abbado And Beethoven's Nine Symphonies In A New DG Best Buy

Underwhelmed? Wow ... that's quite an appraisal. Maybe you'll sell it for $4.00/disc? :? Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but I was underwhelmed by this set, which I also own. I won't be revisiting it often, I suspect. Certainly not. Next you'll be asking me to sell my children, by whom I am also frequent...
by barney
Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: top 100 chamber works

arglebargle wrote:A crazy uneven list.

Arvo Part appearing TWICE - surprising.

However, Mozart's Trio K563 following well after a Boccherini piece for Guitar? Seriously?
You are absolutely right, and so are most of the comments above. Weird, isn't it? But that's partly what makes it interesting.
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbado And Beethoven's Nine Symphonies In A New DG Best Buy
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Abbado And Beethoven's Nine Symphonies In A New DG Best Buy

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but I was underwhelmed by this set, which I also own. I won't be revisiting it often, I suspect.
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obscenely large box sets
Replies: 112
Views: 4611

Re: Obscenely large box sets

[quote="Kuhlau" I'd be interested to know if anyone here has sprung for the mega, 70-CD Maria Callas set on EMI. Why did you do it, and what's the quality like across the set? FK[/quote] I did, and I've listened to most of it. 70 CDs for under $100 Australian, some terrific casts, sound very accepta...
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janet Baker: Mahler songs
Replies: 20
Views: 614

Re: Janet Baker: Mahler songs

stenka razin wrote:Baker and Mahler, a match made in heaven. :D :D :D
Hear hear. There is an 8-CD set of Baker Universal released a year or two ago, which should be widely available still....
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New Memoir by John Adams
Replies: 13
Views: 761

Re: A New Memoir by John Adams

Melbourne Festival began tonight with Schoenberg Ensemble playing Andriessen, Adams (chamber symphony) Muuricio Kagel an d Schoenberg's chamber symphony. Excellent. The Kagel piece, Divertimento, Farce for Ensemble, was very memorable. The violinist rose to do an obbligato to find the conductor's ha...
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: top 100 chamber works

I detect quite a bit of input from "light" classical music lovers. Perhaps why Schubert is top gun here./// If I can quote one of your national champions Maestro McEnroe, "you cannot be serious!" (Imagine tantrum taking place in barney's study. umpire docks him two points. ) And the Trout IS a gem,...
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorites of 3 works: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart ...
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Your favorites of 3 works: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart ...

How can anyone pick just one work by either Bach or Mozart. I cannot. But with Vivaldi, 'The Four Seasons' does it for me. :idea: I think you misread the request. He doesn't want your favourite work but your favourite version of each of the three works listed. I'm afraid I don't hve the Vivaldi, an...
by barney
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does Gilbert & Sullivan fit into "your music?"
Replies: 56
Views: 3462

Re: Where does Gilbert & Sullivan fit into "your music?"

I'm like many here; I just love G and S but don't actually listen much when at home. Perhaps that's because I never got them on CD, only LP or DVD. Opera Australia usually does one each year because they are money-spinners, and the productions are top class: witty, deft, polished and well sung. Many...
by barney
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

Re: top 100 chamber works

On the one hand, I feel that listeners were generous to put Borodin up at #7, and on the other hand, I feel they've bad taste for not acknowledging Schumann until #26. I can accept both those remarks. Re David Ross, I don't think Classic FM plays a lot of Schubert in particular, it's just very midd...
by barney
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 100 chamber works
Replies: 27
Views: 1270

top 100 chamber works

Classic FM, the national classical music channel in Australia, has just published the final list of the listener-voted top 100 chamber works of all time. I'm actually not a fan o these lists, but who can help themselves from having a look? They've done a couple of these "top 100s" before. In this ca...