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by barney
Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any PDQ Bach Fans Here ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1061

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: 3395

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: 3395

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: 3390

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.
by barney
Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak-Cello Concerto In B Minor-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 25
Views: 3279

Re: Dvorak-Cello Concerto In B Minor-My Favorite Recordings

I'm rather surprised to find that I have only eight, of which two are double ups. That may be because I'm pretty satisfied with the versions I listen to most:
Rostropovich/Karajan
Du Pre/Barenboim
Casals/Szell
Fournier/Szell
by barney
Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orchestra Seating Plans
Replies: 17
Views: 3334

Re: Orchestra Seating Plans

Thanks Sylph for the diagrams. I've seen all 3 , but my home orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, uses mostly version 2 or 3. I vaguely recall seeing other arrangements too, but I can't think what they might have been. It wouldn't be in the positioning of anyone else opposite the firsts, but the placement...
by barney
Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto
Replies: 50
Views: 4083

Re: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto

What about the recent Stephen Hough with Dallas and Litton? That's high on my list (I have 14 accounts).
by barney
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Mozart Pianist?
Replies: 50
Views: 4879

Re: Favorite Mozart Pianist?

My favourite complete set of the concertos is Perahia. What a touch! What delicacy! What sensitivity! Without being anaemic or reverential. What consistency. Uchida is very fine. I also find in my CD player very often Serkin. Brendel. Haskil. Kempff. Tells you how I like my Mozart. Gilels in K595 is...
by barney
Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anecdotes about conductors
Replies: 28
Views: 1922

Re: Anecdotes about conductors

Loosely about a conductor: Beethoven went to an opera by a friend, the story goes, and afterwards told the friend: "I liked your opera. Some day I may set it to music."
by barney
Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 52777

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

Barney, devastatingly, is really ... Barney
by barney
Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

Dirkronk, If you are not very familiar with opera and lieder etc in foreign languages, and don't know languages such as Italian, French and German, I suggest you get complete recordings of opera on CD, most of which come with a synopsis of the opera and an English translation right next to the libr...
by barney
Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

as others have observed in other threads, popularity alone is not enough. For example, there are strong periods of fashion - 70 years ago Beethoven the greatest ever; today it's Mozart; Mahler inadequate, Mahler one of the greats etc. And the crowd goes along with one opinion, then over time the cr...
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

I have often wondered if each of us, when viewing the colour of anything, paintings, fabrics, cars, the colour of paint on your walls, etc., et al, do we ALL see red as red, or green as green, and if so, is the "hue" the same for each of us or are colours more individualized more- or less bright, e...
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desert island pianist
Replies: 68
Views: 4588

Re: Desert island pianist

I'm not the biggest fan of Arrau and Pollini either, Pollini made some brilliant recordings of course but is icy cold, to my ears at least...Arrau I just never get moved by, I enjoy his reading of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes but that's about it... I like Arrau in many things; he is nearly always ...
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

While reading through some of these responses, it occurred to me that hearing is like seeing or tasting . I have often wondered if each of us, when viewing the colour of anything, paintings, fabrics, cars, the colour of paint on your walls, etc., et al, do we ALL see red as red, or green as green, ...
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

Chalkperson wrote:The size and shape of one's nose is also a big factor in how we each hear things... :wink:
What about the colour of one's nose? My fondness for Australian reds will increasingly lead my nose to share that colour!
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do we have to look forward to on CMG for 2009?
Replies: 18
Views: 1037

Re: What do we have to look forward to on CMG for 2009?

slofstra wrote:How about a listening thread for composer/ composition of the month? For example, Beethoven sonatas or Mozart piano concertoes or perhaps cut it finer than that. Everyone focuses on this as part of their listening and adds comments based on the point of focus that month.
And so is this.
by barney
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do we have to look forward to on CMG for 2009?
Replies: 18
Views: 1037

Re: What do we have to look forward to on CMG for 2009?

I'd like to see a 'stickied' thread where our perceptive and eloquent members can post their detailed reviews of recently-released CDs (perhaps with some kind of rating system?). Apart from looking through the monthly print rags, I find myself browsing though ClassicsToday.com and Amazon.com for op...
by barney
Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

I don't agree with Barney about Fischer-Dieskau being better in lieder than opera. He always brought the characters to life with amazing vividness, even though I unfortunately never had the chance to experience him live in an opera house. Roles such as Hindemith's Mathis, Reimann's Lear (written fo...
by barney
Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

Oops. I meant also to agree about character. Conviction and intensity are what lifts a performance. Of course Lance is right about the deterioration in Callas, but that 1953 Tosca with Gobbi under de Sabata would probably be in my all-time top 10 opera recordings. And that 70-CD Callas set that spar...
by barney
Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

John F, I agree Fischer-Dieskau was a peerless lieder singer, better than he was in opera in my opinion. Though I treasure his Papageno. And some Wagner roles. Actually, now I think a little more, he's just a damn fine singer. I recently acquired the21-CD set of complete Schubert songs for male voic...
by barney
Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

Thank you Lance. Can you clarify what you mean by "liquid"? Is it connected with ease of production? Is it a tonal quality? Hard to put into words, I know, but you've made a good fist of it so far.
by barney
Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

Thank you everyone for a fascinating set of thoughts. Lots for me to imbibe. When Maestrob you say that you can't judge your own voice, is that for the same reason that most of us hate it if we hear a recording of our own voice because it sounds so different to what we hear when we speak? (Whatever ...
by barney
Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desert island pianist
Replies: 68
Views: 4588

Re: Desert island pianist

Istvan wrote:What do you have against Pollini? (This is a question, not a retort.)
I second that question. I think he's a fabulous pianist.
by barney
Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: What makes a singer?

So, you learned music-lovers, what aspects inform your judgment of singers? What do you listen for? same thing as for instrumentalist!! :D fine tone, accurate pitch, clean technique, beautiful phrasing, excellent control... for my own prejudice - I prefer the "middle" range voices - mezzos,or drama...
by barney
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desert island pianist
Replies: 68
Views: 4588

Re: Desert island pianist

Yep---the only problem with Richter is number of recordings. Repertoire plays a massive role. Brendel is out for me, for if I'm going to be on a desert isle with just piano music then plenty of Schumann has to be there, too---and at least Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. I guess I'll go for Ashkenaz...
by barney
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 Recommendations of new classical music recordings in 2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1934

Re: 13 Recommendations of new classical music recordings in 2008

Ken, I learned the Beethoven symphonies via Klemperer. I found him magisterial and deeply satisfying, but I only have him on LP and my turntable is out of action. (I got it repaired for $165, and a friend decided to fiddle with the antiskating and busted it even before I'd played an LP.) I haven't l...
by barney
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What makes a singer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

What makes a singer?

In a current thread on Callas, Lance described her voice as having a mouth full of cotton effect. Chosen Barley commented that those who were well trained and understood exactly what to listen for would of course be correct in their assessment. This raises again for me the question of what exactly w...
by barney
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings 70-CD EMI set
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Re: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings 70-CD EMI set

Hi, Lance. One can't dispute your description of poor Callas' voice. But that wonderful acting you refer to is part & parcel of her imperfection and I would say could not have existed without it. I of course as usual admit to not being an aficionado. But I was so young (17) when I first heard her r...
by barney
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 11991

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

Ah but you see, Mango, what Sylph has done is get people talking. It's going to be pretty bland if every post has to concern recordings comparisons of a very narrow band of composers from Mozart to Mahler. No? Sylph's question, silly or not, is one I've asked several times: at gigs, in trying to ge...
by barney
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Orffull Story About This Composer
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: The Orffull Story About This Composer

That article is so terribly written I stopped after three paragraphs. For example, According to one of his four wives, he “found it impossible to love” and “despised people”. Yet in Carmina Burana he created the world’s jolliest musical celebration of boozing, feasting and generally enjoying the si...
by barney
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings 70-CD EMI set
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Re: Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings 70-CD EMI set

It contains some of the all-time great recordings. It is simply astonishing value, and an absolutely compulsory acquisition is you don't already hve at least half of what's there.
by barney
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's The Porch for Brendel
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: It's The Porch for Brendel

While listening to Brendel's recording of the Brahms D Minor Concerto with Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic I took a gander at the Wikipedia article on him and was surprised to learn that he is largely self-taught (can anyone confirm whether this is true?). We are so accustomed to performers who ...
by barney
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desert island pianist
Replies: 68
Views: 4588

Re: Desert island pianist

Rubinstein comes awfully close, Perahia would be fine, but for me the answer would be Gilels. Who also mastered a vast amount of repertoire.
by barney
Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anti-Virus/Spyware software ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2663

Re: Anti-Virus/Spyware software ...

I have used NOD for three or four years. It is excellent, and very reasonably priced. I trust it, and have often had reason to be grateful for it. But I didn't know it was German.
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BPO Digital Concert Hall
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: BPO Digital Concert Hall

Yes, that's true. And, of course, it's simply wonderful to have the opportunity, however little I may take it up.
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's The Porch for Brendel
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: It's The Porch for Brendel

Brendel was perhaps the first pianist I really loved and followed, buying masses of his recordings and studying them closely. He wouldn't be my favourite any more, but I have massive respect for him and massive affection too. One of the most intelligent and interesting musicians to read or hear on m...
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's The Porch for Brendel
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: It's The Porch for Brendel

What a fascinating choice of music to end with. Incidentally, the conductor will be Charles Mackerras, and the concerto will be sandwiched between Mozart's G minor symphony, K.550, and Schubert's Symphony #4. (Incidentally, I believe the concerto's nickname should be spelled "Jenomy," the name of t...
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Occult(ism), Mysticism and Music
Replies: 5
Views: 3352

Re: Occult(ism), Mysticism and Music

Does Masonry count as occultism? If so, there's at least one rather famous composer who wrote quite a lot of music.
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 Great Pianists box. Yes or no?
Replies: 19
Views: 979

Re: 20 Great Pianists box. Yes or no?

Apart from Landowska and Ney they are all on the Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century.
by barney
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BPO Digital Concert Hall
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: BPO Digital Concert Hall

I thought it was a bit expensive actually, though I do have to use Australian dollars. I'd rather spend my money on live music in my own town than downloads with all the compromises they involve (at least they do for me).
by barney
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph's younger brother
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Joseph's younger brother

I don't have a lot of Michael Haydn but have particularly enjoyed his viola and organ concerto (one of my earliest LPs) and a violin concerto recorded by Grumiaux.
by barney
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov: Great Composer or Behind the Times?
Replies: 185
Views: 6802

Re: Rachmaninov: Great Composer or Behind the Times?

I certainly find Rachmaninov densely textured (sometimes a bit irritatingly so), but Brahms' chamber music is dense too, and unravelling the voices in the late Beethoven quartets takes my utmost concentration. Dense can be deliberate and very effective. Not that I'm putting Rachmaninov's textures al...
by barney
Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Very Worst Classical Music Reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: The Very Worst Classical Music Reviews

Well I'll be darned. I was about to start a thread on bad liner notes, and this topic looks close enough for my little contribution. The Brilliant label is releasing Boccherini's string quintets as double-disc sets. Volume VI came out this year. The liner notes are by Emanuel Overbeeke. Now, I am c...
by barney
Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trivia Question of some significance tomorrow
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: Trivia Question of some significance tomorrow

As of 2005, according to Wiki, the Bible had been translated into 2400 languages
by barney
Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Want to buy Menotti's humble abode?
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Want to buy Menotti's humble abode?

Yes please. If someone could just stump up the 15 million, I'd be much obliged.
by barney
Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov: Great Composer or Behind the Times?
Replies: 185
Views: 6802

Re: Rachmaninov: Great Composer or Behind the Times?

In the arts, "behind the times" is an empty concept, except to historians writing about trends. In the long run, all music eventually gets behind the times, or to put it another way, its original cultural context ceases to exist and it takes its more or less honored place in the repertoire side by ...
by barney
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What is the future of journalism
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: What is the future of journalism

Democracy depends on good journalism. TV news is worse off than newspapers, at least in Australia. If newspapers die and it all fragments down to a few blogs and internet sites, none of which will have much clout with politicians precisely because they are fragmented, prepare for a decline in civili...