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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: 3468

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: 1272

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: 1272

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...
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 512
Views: 93853

Re: More about YOU, the person on CMG!

Ralph wrote:• use chopsticks like a native
I didn't know the American Indians used chopsticks. Truly, one always learns when taking part in this forum.
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Garrett (IcedNote)
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: Happy Birthday to Garrett (IcedNote)

Not only that, but privately Garrett is committed to good works and helping the disadvantaged. he provided me with helpful advice about loading attachments by private message.
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bibliographies of CMG members (on music)
Replies: 18
Views: 586

Re: Bibliographies of CMG members (on music)

Corlyss_D wrote:Do published letters to the editor count?
I knew a university academic who was sufficiently desperate to count them among his listed publications. He didn't have much of a published research history. It amused me greatly when I found out.
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 512
Views: 93853

Re: More about YOU, the person on CMG!

Piston's post about biographies of our musical lives, so to speak, prompts me to hesitatingly place this new thread. Many of us wonder about people on our boards, and not wanting to be too inquisitive, I would, as would many others, like to hear what you have to say about yourself. New member Fried...
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Felix Draeseke is 173 Years Old Today
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Felix Draeseke is 173 Years Old Today

What a wonderful composer of symphonies, chamber works and choral music! Brahms regarded him as his greatest rival in the late 19th-century symphony. There is, however, for me a certain inspired aloofness to some of his works (even parts of his masterpiece, the "Sinfonia Tragica", 3rd Symphony). Bu...
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pick ONE Das Lied von der Erde
Replies: 22
Views: 1197

Re: Pick ONE Das Lied von der Erde

RebLem wrote:Walter/Ferrier/Patzak/VPO for me.
That's the version on which I learnt the work, which makes it very hard to go past. So just as well I don't need to.
by barney
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner Cycle... too many conflicting opinions!
Replies: 29
Views: 3389

Re: Bruckner Cycle... too many conflicting opinions!

stenka razin wrote:Jochum-DG-He knows and loves Bruckner better than just about any other conductor. Definitive set.****+
Karajan-DG-Smashing set, extremely well played.****
I've just acquired the Karajan set. I already had his 4 and 7. What do you like about it, and are there any drawbacks?
by barney
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 18143

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Schubert's 2nd piano trio, D960 sonata, 9th sym, Winterreise Bruckner 5 & 7 Beethoven 9, Appassionata Sonata, violin sonatas Bach Cello Suites, Mass in B minor Brahms Symphony sets Schumann Symphony sets Chopin Mazurkas Haydn The Creation What fabulous taste you have. Not sure the Schumann belongs ...
by barney
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Dulcinea is So Keen on Religious Music
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: Why Dulcinea is So Keen on Religious Music

It's enough to be in Rome. The sleeping arrangements can remain private.
by barney
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended
Replies: 48
Views: 6198

Re: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended

Pollini, Schiff, Ashkenazy, Biret, Hough, conductor Henry Krips playings a Mozart concerto, Geoffrey Parsons (accompanists are so easily ignored), the Konstarskys, Robert Levin, Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berman, Lang Lang, Thibaudet, Stephen Kovacevic, Angela Hewitt, Alexander Gavryluk, Melvyn Tan, and ver...
by barney
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'
Replies: 37
Views: 2986

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

Well, at least you are making your decision based on knowledge. If you've heard it, then you know.

Nice line in one of our famous satirical television shows a decade or so back:

The TV anchorman is sounding off about a book. He is asked, "have you read it?"

"No, but that means I can be objective!"
by barney
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 18143

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Schubert's 2nd piano trio, D960 sonata, 9th sym, Winterreise Bruckner 5 & 7 Beethoven 9, Appassionata Sonata, violin sonatas Bach Cello Suites, Mass in B minor Brahms Symphony sets Schumann Symphony sets Chopin Mazurkas Haydn The Creation What fabulous taste you have. Not sure the Schumann belongs ...
by barney
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 18143

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Glad this thread is still alive. What amazing collections people have. Sorcerers' Apprentice by 7843 versions!!! I just had no idea there were so many. You think the apprentice would eventually graduate, but no!

Re Bach, I'm pretty strong on the St Matthew, but much weaker on St John (about 3)
by barney
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes wins 2008 Gramophone Award
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: James Ehnes wins 2008 Gramophone Award

Huzzah for James Ehnes! The man can certainly tear it up on the violin alongside the best of 'em, and I agree about the Elgar disc--with his performance, Ehnes transformed for me what was once a rather uninteresting work into a very compelling piece of music (no small feat, since I find it chronica...
by barney
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "The End of Music CDs?"
Replies: 47
Views: 4062

Re: "The End of Music CDs?"

Completely agree. I am utterly committed to CDs now, and only the departure of CD technology will change that. And I can't see tht happening in a hurry.
by barney
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'
Replies: 37
Views: 2986

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

ch1525 wrote:Just got back from watching the Met Opening Gala at my local movie theatre. Ah, the power of technology!!!

It was wonderful and I believe I am quite smitten with Ms. Fleming! :oops:
You're referring to her golden tonsils, of course?
by barney
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"
Replies: 73
Views: 5303

Re: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"

I just think "sexiest musicians" belongs in the other section of this site, not the music section. An artist's appearance has nothing to do with music... When the Troggs (or whever it was) sang "Wild thing, you make my heart sing", it wasn't for her ability to trill on a high C. (I'm assuming in my...
by barney
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Ernst Křenek
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Piano Music of Ernst Křenek

Since I'm new here, would you like me to change my signature, or can Nietzsche stand to be quoted twice? :?: Nah...can't have too much Nietzsche! Besides, I don't have all that many more posts than you! The polite thing would be for you both to change. After you. No, no, old bean, after you. I insi...
by barney
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So Much Interesting Music ON CD And So Little Time
Replies: 15
Views: 905

Re: So Much Interesting Music ON CD And So Little Time

THEHORN wrote: I don't want to limit myself to one period,
Me either. I listen to both kinds of music. Boom boom.
by barney
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you don't like Baroque, why don't you like it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1163

Re: If you don't like Baroque, why don't you like it?

I have a relatively strict regimin in the way I enjoy my musical day, I start with Choral Music, Polyphony, Russian or 20th Century, it makes no matter...then at least two Baroque Recordings or a Baroque Opera, I could not think of a day without Baroque Music... And what does your day consist of, a...
by barney
Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: left handed artists
Replies: 16
Views: 1487

Re: left handed artists

Scott Morrison wrote:
It's ironic that the icon of a hand that recurs dozens of times down both sides of that website, Sylph, is a

RIGHT HAND!
Well spotted. But what's the evidence that Mozart et al were left-handed? It's just asserted with no back up.
by barney
Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: left handed artists
Replies: 16
Views: 1487

Re: left handed artists

And of course in the Middle East it's a huge insult to touch someone with your left hand or touch food with your left hand. Because many there still don't use toilet paper, so employ their left hands.
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now that most everybody's money is plunging ...
Replies: 26
Views: 588

Re: Now that most everybody's money is plunging ...

Yeah, well, I remember when gold was $35 an oz. And I didn't buy any. (is led sobbing away to a corner)
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano people...thoughts on Busoni?
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Piano people...thoughts on Busoni?

Someone mentioned John Ogdon's Altarus recording of Busoni's music, including the Fantasia Contrappuntistica - a work I could never figure out, but all of the recordings on this (pricey) label were apparently made when Ogdon was not well. His recordings for EMI seemed to be much finer. Carlo Grante...
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Replies: 23
Views: 10196

Re: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

My favorite version is the one conducted by Fricsay. A team work, with a splendid direction. The legendary version of Beecham in Berlin (1939!) has the greatest Pamina, Tiana Lemnitz and the best Papageno, Gerhard Hüsch. Beecham seems too serious and dark. There are two other remarkable versions: K...
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Replies: 23
Views: 10196

Re: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

The EMI recording of "The Magic Flute" by the great Otto Klemperer is universally acknowledged to be one of the best. You have a very distinguished cast. Gundula Janowitz sings like an angel and her voice is gorgeous to boot. Her singing cannot be bettered. Nicolai Gedda makes a great Tamino. The r...
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Composer Loses Libel Action, Also Loses Royalties
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Opera Composer Loses Libel Action, Also Loses Royalties

Lance wrote:This is Burstein's livelihood. How can they take it away from him? It sounds like the British courts are pretty tough. I often think about what HYPERION went through - and almost caused their demise.
What did Hyperion go through?
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obscenely large box sets
Replies: 112
Views: 4613

Re: Obscenely large box sets

EMI in France has just put out a 100-CD box set of 50 operas which looks excellent. In fact there are 49 (Erwartung is listed but doesn't appear) and there are no libretti, but at less than $1.50 a CD, I can't complain.
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maybe The Fat Lady Doesn't Sing Anymore
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Maybe The Fat Lady Doesn't Sing Anymore

Most of the big-voiced dramatic/Wagnerian sopranos that I am familiar with were/are overweight. But it was their voice that I was interested in. Look what happened to Maria Callas when she lost all her weight and gained a glamourous figure (remember that Angel/EMI cover of her wearing the bright, c...
by barney
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano people...thoughts on Busoni?
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Piano people...thoughts on Busoni?

I have a small but select number of Busoni works, and I like him. His transcriptions are always well worth while. I also have the maestro himself on piano roll, though that is obviously a pale shadow of the real man. I gather piano rolls have to lose a lot of dynamic range and other things.
by barney
Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Vernon Handley dies
Replies: 14
Views: 1000

Re: Conductor Vernon Handley dies

At the Melbourne Symphony concert last night, guest conductor Bramwell Tovey gave a five minute tribute to Handley, the MSO's chief guest conductor for several years in the 1990s. He told a nice story. Apparently Handley was being interviewed by the BBC, and the presenter asked him why he played Bee...
by barney
Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: That audience thing
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: That audience thing

I have tended to think the same myself, without articulating it nearly so well. Thanks for posting that.
by barney
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So do we need new, topically-based operas?
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: So do we need new, topically-based operas?

HOw about a new ring cycle: Lord of the Rings (Tolkien, not Wagner)?
by barney
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'
Replies: 37
Views: 2986

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

Excellent. I await this flurry with eager anticipation. Thanks.
by barney
Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Sings Richard Strauss 'Four Last Songs'
Replies: 37
Views: 2986

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

Lots of people must have heard this by now. Come on GMGers, you are derelict in your duty, which is to provide feedback about music. I want to hear what people think.
by barney
Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's last piano piece?
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Beethoven's last piano piece?

It arrived in my mailbag at work today, and I listened tonight. It is quite charming, and an inventive CD. You can await my review in the fullness of time, at the appropriate juncture.
by barney
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did Dittersdorf Get Him Deported?
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: Did Dittersdorf Get Him Deported?

How fascinating. However, you would have to suggest Kunwald was unwise. Just as it would be unwise to suggest in Cincinatti today that Osama bin Laden is much misunderstood, and your sympathies are with him (even though that IS what many people believe. I am not among them). You might not be jailed,...
by barney
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society schedule.
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society schedule.

Here are the pianists performing this season at the series here. The best seat in the house is $23, so it's a fabulous value! Andras Schiff, Oct. 31 Simone Dinnerstein, Oct.24 Arnaldo Cohen, Nov.13 Vladimir Feltsman, Jan.9 Cynthia Raim, Jan.21 Anton Kuerti, Jan.30 Cecile Licad, Feb.27 Richard Goode...
by barney
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Music for Pure Delight ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1366

Re: My Favorite Music for Pure Delight ...

Several of Mozart's piano concertos. Lots of Schubert. If I'm feeling profound, Bach. Sentimental, Chopin nocturnes. Elegant and witty,Haydn.
by barney
Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So do we need new, topically-based operas?
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: So do we need new, topically-based operas?

Ralph wrote:I can certainly envision an opera about CMG but I will forbear describing the libretto in detail.
I know I would die ignobly in the first act. But it's good to know one's station. (Southern Cross station for me, on the Belgrave line)
by barney
Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Five Orchestras in the World
Replies: 52
Views: 4116

Re: The Top Five Orchestras in the World

Almost everything I've heard by Szell is excellent (if at times a bit too "frosty"). But how ironic that I don't care much for Szell's Schumann. Szell regarded him as the greatest Romantic Era composer---but he didn't let his symphonic works "breathe"; he tried to play him too "classically" for my ...
by barney
Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What would we do if we ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1200

Re: What would we do if we ...

... didn't have CMG at these late hours. As I view various threads and see who's on line, it amazes me the number of people who are on board. I often wonder, if we weren't on with CMG, what might we be doing ... watching TV, practising, reading, sleeping? How appreciative I am of the fact that we h...
by barney
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What would we do if we ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1200

Re: What would we do if we ...

My life seemed pretty full before. I think this has replaced (and more) the time I spent following Manchester United on a couple of blogs. But this is vastly more interesting and intelligent and addictive, and I am so glad I found you all. My thanks to the hard-working moderators. I run a blog on a ...
by barney
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a budget for classical music?
Replies: 30
Views: 1538

Re: Do you have a budget for classical music?

Corlyss_D wrote:
erato wrote:The problem is time. I try to avoid buying more than I can possibly listen to.
The problem with doing that is that you don't get things while they are available and then when you do want them, they are NLA.
Mmmm. That's also an excellent point.
by barney
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oh No, not Again
Replies: 22
Views: 1118

Re: Oh No, not Again

But any fool can offer a "new interpretation." I just get so weary of these types who seem to be able to make their name/careers by "rethinking" the music. This is usually done by highlighting one or another aspect of the music at the expense of the grander musical vision that has been so wonderful...
by barney
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a budget for classical music?
Replies: 30
Views: 1538

Re: Do you have a budget for classical music?

erato wrote:The problem is time. I try to avoid buying more than I can possibly listen to.
That's an excellent point, one that bothers me from time to time. At what point does the quest for completeness (however defined) become sheer self-indulgence?