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by barney
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why can't New York have more than one full time orchestra?
Replies: 32
Views: 981

Re: Why can't New York have more than one full time orchestra?

The English are musical. The Germans are musical. Americans are not.
by barney
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3106

Re: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?

Well, she's got a discussion going. Who knows, perhaps that's all she wanted.
by barney
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6397

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

And I'm just waking up!

That's a very good discussion, imho, and I know a lot more about those versions than when I went to bed.

thanks all.
by barney
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Styles of Pianism
Replies: 12
Views: 1316

Re: National Styles of Pianism

I also want to thank andrevazpereira for a fascinating description. About a year ago I interviewed Boris Berman, a pianist I admire, and a brilliant music teacher, and asked him in passing about Russian/German schools. This is from my notes: "There has been tension between the Russian and German tra...
by barney
Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6397

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

There are many superior recordings I like, and my top three preferences remain Schepkin, Feltsman and Sheppard. I also admire very much the sets by Vieru, Ashkenazy, Schiff, Gulda and would have to include Gould, although his Bach playing is far too mechanical for my taste. Well, you see, that's wh...
by barney
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3106

Re: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?

Of course top conductors are overpaid. We live in a celebrity culture, and celebrity conductors will garner celebrity salaries. Take it or leave it, the high salaries that we see across the board in arts, entertainment and sports these days are the result of the rampant valuation of leisure in toda...
by barney
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3106

Re: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?

As for the sociology of the classical music audience, and all this freewheeling speculation about what motivates them to make choices - starting with the assumption that they're dumber than we are, and are manipulated by the critics (with whom, incidentally, many often disagree) - this gets us nowh...
by barney
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3106

Re: Are Top Conductors Overpaid ?

I'm with John F and nut-job on this one. Here's how I approached this same topic elsewhere online: How many tickets will a major orchestra sell without a major conductor's name on the bill? Or to put it another way: How secure would the jobs of rank-and-file orchestral musicians be without the 'pul...
by barney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6397

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

PS: Lance, I would have started the topic, given time. By the time I came back to the site today and logged in, it was up and running with 15 posts! I'm at a bit of a disadvantage in Australia in terms of conversing at the same time with my betters in America. Far be from me to "ignore" a suggestion.
by barney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6397

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

I only ever listen to an entire Book, often doing both Books in one sitting, Book Two is not as easy on the ear as Book One, I have dozens of recordings on both Harpsichord and Piano, I realize i'm the exception to the general opinion here, but, there's nothing new about that... :wink: I'm in the s...
by barney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3923

Re: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread

I really like Hewitt's Bach, and prefer the first set to the second. Have we had a thread on the WT Clavier. I have complete book 1s by Ashkenazy, Hewitt (versions 1 and 2), Gulda, Schiff, Gould, Richter, Woodward and Schiff, and harpsichord versions by Kenneth Gilbert and Christiane Jaccotet. Book ...
by barney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD reissues
Replies: 12
Views: 983

Re: CD reissues

I think the Eloquence label is terrific. It was developed by an Australian called Cyrus Meher-Homji as a response to the colossal impact Naxos had when it burst on the scene. I recently wrote an article about classical recording in Australia, based on the release of a CD by astounding bel canto sopr...
by barney
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sviatoslav Richter in Budapest (1958, live)
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: Sviatoslav Richter in Budapest (1958, live)

Interpretively. Much more refined, more inner vision and clarity into the whole as a set. The sound of the Sofia is better, however. Well, I'll have to get the new one. That 1958 Richter Pictures was a revelation for me. Intensely individual, and mesmeric. Anything that exceeds it is compulsory. Bu...
by barney
Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand pianos used in movies
Replies: 54
Views: 7245

Re: Grand pianos used in movies

What a great thread! I'd never heard of Henry Orient.
Thanks for the clips ... and keep them coming.
by barney
Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a problem with Prokofiev?
Replies: 26
Views: 1213

Re: Do you have a problem with Prokofiev?

Many would take exception to this, but I agree with the pianist Ivo Pogorelich, who has said that that Prokofiev is a greater composer than Stravinsky . That's a tough call... :mrgreen: I like Prokofiev, and I like Pogorelich playing Prokofiev (marvellous 6th sonata) but that's just stupid. Music i...
by barney
Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Horowitz-Chopin Peformances Reassessed
Replies: 23
Views: 1695

Re: Vladimir Horowitz-Chopin Peformances Reassessed

Hi all. I've been out of contact a while, but am delighted to be able to dip into CMG again. I sit between both interlocutors: At 54, I grew up with the later pianists, and really admire people like Pollini, Perahia (those two are quite different I know). Horowitz is fine, but Rubinstein (to me) is...
by barney
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten: the Little Sweep
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Britten: the Little Sweep

The Victorian Youth Orchestra did Britten's Little Sweep (very nicely) at the weekend, which prompted a reminiscence from me I thought others might enjoy because many of you have done similar things. I include the review at the end. (they appeared in my Melbourne newspaper) The day I sang like Lucia...
by barney
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sviatoslav Richter in Budapest (1958, live)
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: Sviatoslav Richter in Budapest (1958, live)

Well, I'll have to get the new one. That 1958 Richter Pictures was a revelation for me. Intensely individual, and mesmeric. Anything that exceeds it is compulsory.

But I have to ask, in what way does it exceed it - just sound, or do you prefer it intepretively?
by barney
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Horowitz-Chopin Peformances Reassessed
Replies: 23
Views: 1695

Re: Vladimir Horowitz-Chopin Peformances Reassessed

Hi all. I've been out of contact a while, but am delighted to be able to dip into CMG again. I sit between both interlocutors: At 54, I grew up with the later pianists, and really admire people like Pollini, Perahia (those two are quite different I know). Horowitz is fine, but Rubinstein (to me) is ...
by barney
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 19th Century Music Critic On Chopin
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: A 19th Century Music Critic On Chopin

I'm glad that Agnes joined this discussion, for it is from Agnes that I learned that "modern music" was bad much earlier that any of us would imagine. None less than Constanze Mozart, who lived long enough to advocate Wolfgang's legacy with the help of her second husband, found "contemporary music"...
by barney
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4037
Views: 766765

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

I came home to some unsolicited mail that will bring great pleasure: three CDs involving Opera Australia stars (recently retired bass Bruce Martin, the second CD alas mostly show tunes), tenor Rosario la Spina, and soprano Emma Matthews. The latter, I believe, is destined to make a real mark on the ...
by barney
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chandos: 30 Year Commemorative Collectors' Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 1360

Re: Chandos: 30 Year Commemorative Collectors' Edition

No, no, don't recant. I liked it better first time. :) You are right about mixing old and new in listening.
by barney
Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your thoughts on program I'm seeing at Sydney Opera House?
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: Your thoughts on program I'm seeing at Sydney Opera House?

So, did you get to the concert and what did you think? ACO is very fine, but it doesn't have 16 firsts 14 2nds etc.
by barney
Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LIST OF SYMPHONY COMPOSERS
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: LIST OF SYMPHONY COMPOSERS

Brett Dean has just won the $1 million composition prize (can't remember what it's called), a great Australian composer. Sitsky. Williamson. Sculthorpe. Broadstock. Edwards. Westlake. Mills. Many more. the ABC has 3 5-CD volumes, each CD dedicated to a different Australian composer.
by barney
Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 19th Century Music Critic On Chopin
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: A 19th Century Music Critic On Chopin

The Lexicon of Musical Invective is essential reading here, and I'm sure many on CMG have it. For those who don't, run - don't walk - to your nearest good bookshop and rectify the omission. Plenty of wonderful quotes and misjudgments.
by barney
Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chandos: 30 Year Commemorative Collectors' Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 1360

Re: Chandos: 30 Year Commemorative Collectors' Edition

I have it. I plan to begin listening to it in 2010. Then again, maybe not until 2011. I also have the Harmonia Mundi set which I've just begun to listen to. Wonderful stuff. Some people plan holidays, you plan your listening. You are a model to us all, and I wish I had your discipline. I got the se...
by barney
Tue May 12, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying Classical Music Online
Replies: 34
Views: 3847

Re: Buying Classical Music Online

I'm backing up right now... 217,639 Songs 694 Days 14 Minutes 22.39 Seconds 4,230.36 Gigabytes Does that take days? Obviously 500GB portable hard drives would be a nuisance - what do you back up on to? I have an Iphone, which work pays for, which I got chiefly because I never had an MP3 player, but...
by barney
Mon May 11, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying Classical Music Online
Replies: 34
Views: 3847

Re: Buying Classical Music Online

I do not like downloading music, regardless of what people say, the sound quality imo is inferior to that of actual cds. I will continue to buy cd's because I like to be able to browse through my collection and pick out what I want to hear. Moreover, large cd collections look cool in a room :) I on...
by barney
Mon May 11, 2009 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lebrecht: We're Running Short of Tenors
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: Lebrecht: We're Running Short of Tenors

I find it really curious how Lebrecht gets up the noses of so many of you. I think he is a fine writer and interesting theorist - a doom merchant, certainly, but we all have our foibles. And a polemicist - but that's not unusual on CMG. Time for cold baths all round.
by barney
Mon May 11, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LB: What's This Innuendo About Me and FJH?
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: LB: What's This Innuendo About Me and FJH?

The first Boccherini I heard was the Retreat from Madrid (is that right? can't be bothered going to check), which gave me an abiding admiration for the composer who is now moderately well represented on my shelves.
by barney
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Can't Help But Adore Anna Netrebko
Replies: 16
Views: 6044

Re: I Can't Help But Adore Anna Netrebko

I think she's gorgeous, but pales into insignificance beside my latest discovery (this week), the mezzo Elina Garanca. All I need now before I propose is: can she cook? (also, can she love an already-married overweight man decades her senior? - a few minor quibbles.)
by barney
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?
Replies: 38
Views: 3442

Re: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?

nothing wrong with catch tunes, is there?
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trouser roles
Replies: 33
Views: 1252

Re: Trouser roles

Opera Australia is presenting Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Melbourne right now. Romeo is played by a mezzo, and at first I found it a little disconcerting, but what someone said above (I can't see who while typing this) about a tenor not working in Rosenkavalier is exactly right here too. ...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trouser roles
Replies: 33
Views: 1252

Re: Trouser roles

Opera Australia is presenting Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Melbourne right now. Romeo is played by a mezzo, and at first I found it a little disconcerting, but what someone said above (I can't see who while typing this) about a tenor not working in Rosenkavalier is exactly right here too.
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your earliest memory of "magic" in classical music?
Replies: 36
Views: 3111

Re: Your earliest memory of "magic" in classical music?

Schubert's fifth symphony. I was four or five, at my grandmother's house, and I made her play it again and again. I thought it was just magical. I suppose I still do, though I only play it every few years now. Music - and I know I will astonish you all with my insight here - is extraordinarily evoca...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guilty Pleasures
Replies: 30
Views: 1580

Re: Guilty Pleasures

Abba

(just kidding.)
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Name times when you do NOT want to hear classical music
Replies: 18
Views: 1118

Re: Name times when you do NOT want to hear classical music

I can honestly tell you that there is never a time. I live for music, classical music, though on occasion I listen to other types of music, but 99% of the time, it's classical music. Of course, I live for many things, family, etc., but MUSIC is my food for life. You can find something for every moo...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas Box - 70 discs for $57
Replies: 9
Views: 497

Re: Maria Callas Box - 70 discs for $57

I recommended this repeatedly when it came out. I thought it was staggering value for money, and even more important as an historical record. No libretti, except on a CD, but that's better than others (like the recent Chandos 30th anniversary - brilliant CDs, pathetic notes, no production details at...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What artists need a box set?
Replies: 54
Views: 4204

Re: What artists need a box set?

Annie Fischer seems a good candidate. Her "fan base" among classical collectors seems to be growing, and her best works are scattered among EMI, DGG, Hungaraton, BBC and assorted smaller labels. A comprehensive collection (or even an extensive and well-chosen compendium) would be welcome. Same with...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What artists need a box set?
Replies: 54
Views: 4204

Re: What artists need a box set?

Can't add much but a ditto to the Szigeti and add that a comprehensive collection of Henryk Szeryng would be interesting. I am sure there are some jewels out there that are waiting to be put on disc. I'd like Szigeti. Got his complete Mozart sonatas with Szell and a few more. But re Szeryng, as I s...
by barney
Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you like Rossini?
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: Do you like Rossini?

I learnt to love opera through Rossini. It was the Callas/Gobbi Barber with Luigi Alva a sweet-voiced Almaviva. I really laughed as I listened; the vocal acting was superb. I listened over and over to those LPs. It's still my favourite version. That would have been about 1975 when I was about 20. Ro...
by barney
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : The pianist who is more famous than the Beatles
Replies: 27
Views: 3057

Re: Article : The pianist who is more famous than the Beatles

Lang Lang I know, and he's pretty damn good. But who or what are the Beatles?

Mind you, I don't believe 5 billion people watched the Olympics. I didn't for one.

And at least Lang Lang hasn't claimed to be better known than Jesus.
by barney
Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REVOTE! Ranking VIOLINISTS by YOUR standards.
Replies: 64
Views: 6621

Re: REVOTE! Ranking VIOLINISTS by YOUR standards.

Heifetz, Szeryng, Oistrach, Milstein and Kogan are in town at the same time. They are all playing tonight. at the same time, at different venues. The tickets cost about the same. And Lance wants me to choose which one I am going to see and listen to? What cruel punishment this is! :) I may simply h...
by barney
Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REVOTE! Ranking VIOLINISTS by YOUR standards.
Replies: 64
Views: 6621

Re: REVOTE! Ranking VIOLINISTS by YOUR standards.

Cliftwood wrote:Three superb violinists nobody talks about..

Gregory Fulkerson

Aaron Rosand

Pamela Frank
You're right. I've never talked about them ... because ... I've never heard of them. :) I heard a football commentator ask once, do you ever think about the people you never think about?
by barney
Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any PDQ Bach Fans Here ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1060

Re: Any PDQ Bach Fans Here ?

When I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan I bumped into the Professor one day as I was exiting my apartment building on West End Avenue. He was striding along in his construction boots and with wild hair flying. I said "hello" to him and he stopped to have a nice, friendly 10-minute conversa...
by barney
Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music
Replies: 34
Views: 3394

Re: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music

[ If you are looking for something outside the forces already mentioned, I would turn to the Quintet Op 16. Obviously inspired by the Mozart Quintet, it is an interesting contrast to it and a masterpiece in its own right. That's a very good suggestion. In fact this could also be on the under-rated ...
by barney
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 23
Views: 1424

Re: Haydn String Quartets

I listen to the Amadeus for beauty of tone and ensemble, quite perfect. I listen to the Lindsay Quartet for energy, life and a sense of real musical presence.
by barney
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music
Replies: 34
Views: 3394

Re: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music

If someone is not familiar with late Beethoven, I wouldn't start him on the late quartets. The reason is, I think this music is so profound and so difficult that it should be the pinnacle, and you should climb up to it outcrop by outcrop. Violin sonatas (Grumiaux and Haskil my personal favourites), ...
by barney
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why are some great composers and soloists forgotten?
Replies: 56
Views: 3389

Re: Why are some great composers and soloists forgotten?

these composers need their Mendelssohn. Isn't it an astounding thought that Bach might have disappeared into oblivion - though probably someone else would have uncovered him, actually.
by barney
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hummel
Replies: 31
Views: 2157

Re: Hummel

I didn't know the Hummel concertos at all. But I just got the 30-CD Chandos anniversary set, and must have played them 10 times. I was simply knocked out, and the performances are astounding. That's the Hough version that has been already highly praised here.