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by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

"Alleged blacklist?" That's a new one. Even the late Roy Cohn, Senator McCarthy's right-hand vulture, whom I once debated, acknowledged the existence of a Blacklist, created in response to Senate and House investigations. Why would you take his word for it? Because it confirmed what you were alread...
by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

Many a smaller opera company has used attractive young singers because they are cheaper and can be afforded where a more-established and older singer is out of their range. Thereby turning necessity into a virtue.
by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

Perhaps the Strauss ies should remain silent at the Empire of an Emperor... But at a last talk,apparently, the Emperor says to Johann Strauss:you are the true Emperor... - Artists were allways at many politics.Perhaps Barney wants a more pro'west Gergiev, but its absurd... I don't want a more pro-W...
by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

That reminds me of how pissed off I got about Leon Fleisher and his Kennedy Center award shenanigans. I can barely bring myself to even listen to his playing now. Its much more your loss than his. As Paddy Cheyefsky said at an Emmy Award ceremony a number of years ago in response to Vanessa Redgrav...
by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

Barney, Gergiev is an Ossetian, and grew up in North Ossetia. Barney, do you feel Gergiev is compromising, in some way, either his own heart-felt loyalties or his people? To me that is the only possible crime. I'm still grappling with the question of whether Ossetia is merely a pretext or not. But ...
by barney
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

Sorry, I've been out of town speechifying at Parliament House. A history changing moment for civilisation. Ah well, perhaps not. Gergiev did not come up. Re suggestions that we should move the topic, I've never set foot in the corner pub, finding plenty here to occupy my spare moments. I fear if I w...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

It seems I'm out on a limb here, without a lot of support. So be it, the tree branch needs to be solid if it's going to support me AND anyone else. I still think it is reprehensible when music is used for triumphalism and to exclude others, and when musical figures allow themselves to become the pol...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

Thanks, Chalkie, for posting the Fanfare review. Wow. I wonder what Bob Rose would say if he really didn't like something! And yes, great last line.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

Cliftwood: That article by Diegobueno is a statement of his preferences, wrapped in a veneer of pseudo-intellectual authority; a contrary view could be validly expressed against every point that he made. He cites some specific dislikes – in my view at the extreme end of regietheater – and concludes...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

Barney, Gergiev is an Ossetian, and grew up in North Ossetia. And Putin and Gergiev are Godfather's to each others Children, Gergiev is a Russian Aristocrat, what else did you expect... :evil: I stopped buying his Orchestral recordings years ago, and his Mahler Sucks Big Time...but his Russian Oper...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

One of the musical highlights of my life was Valery Gergiev playing Shostakovich 7 (the Leningrad) at a Melbourne Festival. Now I see he has performed the same work as a deliberate political statement in South Ossetia as Russian tanks occupy Georgia - and I've bought my last-ever Gergiev CD. Wow......
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Re: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

Barney, Gergiev is an Ossetian, and grew up in North Ossetia. I know that. I read it in the Guardian which sycophantically called it sublime. But Barenboim doesn't trample on Palestinians just because he's Jewish. Not every German conductor was complicit with the Nazis. You don't think this incursi...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

Barney, no offence, but is it okay to say that I don't really care for it? :| Of course it is ok. I don't know myself yet - it has its debut in February. The main recital centre is named for Rupert Murdoch's formidable mum, a real patron of the arts (Dame Elisabeth Murdoch). It is supposed to be so...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor
Replies: 62
Views: 4609

Goodbye Gergiev, you contemptible conductor

One of the musical highlights of my life was Valery Gergiev playing Shostakovich 7 (the Leningrad) at a Melbourne Festival. Now I see he has performed the same work as a deliberate political statement in South Ossetia as Russian tanks occupy Georgia - and I've bought my last-ever Gergiev CD. I think...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

TopoGigio wrote:Concert? LaScala! Image
Indeed. I saw Lohengrin in the newly refurbished La Scala last year; a career highlight.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which music magazines are you subscribed to?
Replies: 17
Views: 1305

Re: Which music magazines are you subscribed to?

It used to be that I never missed a copy of Gramophone, but I stopped buying it years ago. I bought one earlier this year when I had to write a piece on Puccini and they had a feature; it was very well done. But I would pay, if I had to, to use their archive of reviews online, which is brilliant - b...
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

And while I'm on a roll, the gorgeous Sarah Chan in rehearsal in Milan. Not extra sharp because obviously I could not use flash and I am a hack photographer.

She broke a stiletto heel in rehearsal, probably due to flashing feet flamenco style, with high kicks and stamps as she played.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

And the Berlin Konzerthaus
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

Here is a second picture of the same theatre, closer detail.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

Iced Note has again come to my rescue. Here is one picture of the Theatre des Champs Elysees.

Note how narrow the stage is, and that the violins and violas extend beyond it. Actually you can only see the seats, but take my word for it; musicians filled them.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

And here is the arch of the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, site of the premiere of Rite of Spring.

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Oops. That doesn't look so great. I'll await my next lesson, how to post my own photos.
by barney
Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

With much gratitude to Iced Note, who sent me instructions, here is the Melbourne Recital Centre

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and here is a model of the interior

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by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

Bricon.. Regietheater is intrinsically invalid.This is not a matter of taste. It is not a matter of liking one director or not another. The idea of giving creative autonomy to the director is inherently false. It is like the preacher telling the congregation to bow down and worship him instead of G...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

I take the liberty of posting my own article on the Salzburg Mozart DVDs, published in the same paper as the article by my friend John Mangan with which Ralph opened the thread. How did you come across it, Ralph, btw? We're a long way from you... Are you continuously surfing the Net? John has one ma...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

The Melbourne Recital Hall, which opens in February, is supposed to be special. It's specially calibrated and cannot be changed, so we have to hope they got it right. http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/06/15/malan_wideweb__470x296,0.jpg&imgrefurl=http://...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

I didn't know that Don Carlos was a transvester but I'll take your word for that.;) It was staged at the Paris Opera and is probably the worst staging of anything, anywhere... http://www.amazon.com/Verdi-Don-Carlos-Ramon-Vargas/dp/B000VKW6Q0/ref=pd_bbs_6?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1219444268&sr=8-6 http://w...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

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by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Do We Need Sexy Opera Stars?

I think it's everyone to their own here. There's a spectrum from traditional to modernized versions, clothed to unclothed...and now we're in the post-liberated dark ages, sex sells again so one can't blame the producers for trying it on. If there'd been opera in Paul Rubens day, the sight of clothi...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 3358

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, where the Rite of Spring had its famous premiere.

My attempt to post the pic has failed. Can someone tell me how to do that, and I'll put up a couple of images?

Also the Berlin Konzerthaus. Ditto.
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So Long Beaux Arts Trio
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Re: So Long Beaux Arts Trio

What a lovely article. And what pleasure this magnificent trio has provided over the decades. I learnt the Mozart trios with them, and lots of Haydn. Stenka, many thanks for posting the contents of that box set: I will take your advice and buy it. Works I don't have, such as the Smetana and Ives tri...
by barney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Barney, if it is not too much trouble, could you possibly list your 11 recordings of Carnaval? I have only three: by Ivan Davis, AB Michelangeli & Cortot. Certainly, no problem at all. Rachmaninov Hess Godowsky Magaloff Michelangeli 1957 Cortot Schmalfuss Uchida Chen Michelangeli 1973 Michelangeli ...
by barney
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whose chamber/ solo music is the most rewarding?
Replies: 51
Views: 2944

Re: Whose chamber/ solo music is the most rewarding?

Schubert, head and shoulders above everyone not excluded, particularly the piano music and the quartets and the quintets and the piano trios and ... well, you get the drift and you know the works. Uchida's Reliquie sonata, for me, is deeply spiritual, almost musical perfection. Others have contribut...
by barney
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Speaking of the movie version of Prince Igor , I in many ways prefer it to the full stage opera. Despite my love for the composer, I admittedly find the opera to be a bit long winded, and often wonder whether Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov were trying to begin a new opera of their own after they took...
by barney
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

wow... i feel seriously humbled by some of yr collections. i've prob only got (at most) 5~6 versions of stuff i frequently listen to - Bach: cello suites Beethoven: sym #5 Beethoven: sym #9 Borodin: prince igor Mahler: sym #1 Mahler: sym #5 Rachmaninov: piano con #2 Rachmaninov: piano con #3 Tchaik...
by barney
Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much listening is too much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3033

Re: How much listening is too much?

Sad to relate, no one registered last semester for my seminar, Dittersdorf, the Forerunner of Beethoven and the Rise of Utilitarian Jurisprudence. :lol: :lol: And speaking of ambiguity is that: Dittersdorf, the Forerunner of (Beethoven and the Rise of Utilitarian Jurisprudence) or is it (Dittersdor...
by barney
Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Generally, the date of issue is on the CD. So most reissues are clearly identified as reissues. For CDs provenance shouldn't be too hard to prove. A bigger problem is that later reissues are often remastered and sound much better than earlier CDs/reissues. .
by barney
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

An earlier comment you made alluded to the value of a rare or scarce CD. Isn't value very illusory here in the age of mechanical reproduction. All it takes is a re-release and there goes scarcity. The price collectors will pay for the objects of their obsessions has nothing to do with any value int...
by barney
Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

An earlier comment (about the opera) made alluded to the value of a rare or scarce CD. Isn't value very illusory here in the age of mechanical reproduction. All it takes is a re-release and there goes scarcity. That happens with books all the time, but the first editions hold their value. Just find...
by barney
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Well, of course, you could go for that option, Barney, or the one with attractive women on the CD cover. Hmm, which would I choose? :D :D :D But how about owning one or more copies of every CD ever released. Truly the ultimate goal in collecting. Not just one copy, but "one or more". This article i...
by barney
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

As I got more and more advanced as a CD collector, I started to buy CDs according to certain themes. For instance, I bought all commercial recordings Horowitz made, the 180-CD Complete Mozart Edition on Philips, all of Beethoven's compositions, the entire 21-CD set of Richter's "Authorised Recordin...
by barney
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

i'm working on my post to explain how to get the max out of it datawise but it will take me a few hours to get screengrabs that will fit on CMG Chalkie, I'm very much looking forward to seeing your system in action. I don't think I will ever use iTunes, but I'm sure I could apply some tips from you...
by barney
Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin plays Leopold Godowsky on Hyperion (New!)
Replies: 4
Views: 722

Re: Hamelin plays Leopold Godowsky on Hyperion (New!)

I was unaware of the existence of the Godowsky/Chopin set. Tomorrow morning, it being Monday, I will place an order. Thanks for drawing this to our attention.
by barney
Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The DVD Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 9639

Re: The DVD Thread

I don't think concert music suffers from dvd presentation, but operas are a whole nother matter. Save your pennies and cut your opera teeth on live performances. I completely agree, and think this is an important truth. When I was young, last week or thereabouts, I used to think CDs were a better i...
by barney
Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Hi, Barney ... and did I welcome you yet to CMG? We're happy you are here. The problem in answering your question is that I am so enamoured with so many pianists that it is always difficult to just pick one, even for the 'desert island.' But my first thoughts of pianists playing the "Emperor" usual...
by barney
Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much listening is too much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3033

Re: How much listening is too much?

You know, about 25 or 30 years ago, I wondered how or why my parents could drive such long distances without any radio on. Certainly, to help avert falling asleep at the wheel, but if there wasn't anything decent on, it was just "click" and dead silence. But now I'm gravitating more and more to the...
by barney
Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I think a chap named Kwoon appeared here at CMG in the past. He collects Rakhmaninov Third (I think it is) Concertos . . . fellow's got more than 260 by now. Cheers, ~Karl That'sfrom the sublime to the ridiculous, isn't it? That's a taxonomical endeavour, not a musical one. But you have to admire it.
by barney
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The DVD Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 9639

Re: The DVD Thread

[ I don't think concert music suffers from dvd presentation, but operas are a whole nother matter. Save your pennies and cut your opera teeth on live performances. I completely agree, and think this is an important truth. When I was young, last week or thereabouts, I used to think CDs were a better...
by barney
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much listening is too much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3033

Re: How much listening is too much?

What a weird idea. Surely I was put on earth to listen. I feel guilty if I don't listen enough. I have all this music, but sometimes I watch sport on TV instead. I have no interest in Olympic events, but spent several hours at the weekend watching anyway. (I'm not a TV addict; rarely spend more than...
by barney
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Between CDs and LPs, I have around 120 "Emperor" Concertos by Beethoven. Beethoven wins again with some 90 "Appassionata" sonata recordings. New record! 120! So, how often do you listen to the Emperor. Once a month? Once a week? Has there been a CMG thread on the Emperor? If not, tell me which perf...
by barney
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 19139

Re: What work have you most versions of?

(Who has many versions of many things, especially the war horse pieces, but who is proud to own some dozen copies of Gorecki's Third Symphony) I find it hard to believe that the symphony has been recorded a dozen times. What amazing things you learn on this site. I know it got famous through traffi...