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by barney
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Scala season opens with the most boring opera ever
Replies: 30
Views: 1347

Re: La Scala season opens with the most boring opera ever

As we say in Melbourne(quoting an advertisement for a salami manufacturer): "Is Don, is good!"

I can find early opera seria a touch tedious, but never Verdi.
by barney
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein as a composer ...
Replies: 35
Views: 2184

Re: Leonard Bernstein as a composer ...

This is odd - 3 posts, but only one vote (mine). Close the poll immediately, for the perfect example of democracy, one man one vote.
by barney
Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMGers in the paper
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: CMGers in the paper

Thank you. But it's not that I'm looking for praise, it was to acknowledge the interesting discussion on that thread (mega-box sets) and how several of you really took trouble to answer my questions. The lack of acknowledgement of that in the article was simply the difficulty in a relatively short p...
by barney
Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMGers in the paper
Replies: 4
Views: 637

CMGers in the paper

Thanks for the help from some of you earlier. Finally wrote the piece on mega-sets. http://www.theage.com.au/cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2008/12/05/1228257293208.html Some of the stuff, alas, got cut for space reasons, and of course sources were not acknowledged. But a couple ...
by barney
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Re: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!

Chalkperson wrote:
barney wrote:Re the opera, John Adams would be the man.
Great, just what the World needs another four hour John Adams Opera...give me Wagner anyday, and I hate Wagner... :wink:

Yes, like that old music hall joke: Take my wife ... please!
by barney
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Keyboard Music
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Re: Haydn's Keyboard Music

I revise my statement. Haydn may be the most underrated great composer ever. :wink: I presume that by now you have had a visit from the Homeland terrorism team and had your mouth washed out with soap and water, been lashed to a radiator and forced to endure solid days of Dittersdorf. You'll talk, C...
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko/Villazon/De Billy Boheme
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Netrebko/Villazon/De Billy Boheme

I've got it but haven't yet listened. I will report in the fullness of time. Watch this space ... go on, don't move your eyes for a minute or you may miss it.
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Re: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!

Thanks for that information Sonnet. I wondered the same thing. I thought the Bond was far less satisfying than the previous one, and the opera was certainly the highlight for me. Who knows. Maybe someone will write a Bond opera. I hope it isn't Philip Glass. -- SONNET CLV -- Q already invented a Bo...
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Keyboard Music
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Re: Haydn's Keyboard Music

I think Scott Morrison's review of the Hamelin set says it best and I agree totally with his comments. It's my favorite, out of some very fine other interpretations of Haydn's sonatas. I'd also recommend Alain Planes, Yakov Kasman , Andras Schiff & Michael Pletnev as excellent Haydn players. Don't ...
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Keyboard Music
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Re: Haydn's Keyboard Music

I bought Bendel's Haydn when it first came out, both the Single Disc and the Box of Four which I guess distorts my thinking because it was the first time I had heard this music, I also enjoy Andras Schiff but as usual Hamelin leaves me Cold...and of course then there is Richter, it is worth noting ...
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Keyboard Music
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Re: Haydn's Keyboard Music

I too was knocked out by the Hamelin and reviewed it very warmly. What do people think of Brendel in this repertoire? I'm a fan, but am always susceptible to the person through whom I first heard any music.
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Perfect CD
Replies: 20
Views: 1511

Re: A Perfect CD

What about Rachmaninov's own account, or the Argerich with Chailly? Better than them?
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Christmas music
Replies: 43
Views: 3853

Re: Classical Christmas music

I just got sent In Dulci Jubilo, Maria Stader sings European Christmas songs, which apparently include Exsultate Jubilate and Laudate dominum. But a very pleasing CD; what a lovely pure voice she had.
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Re: Fictional Conductors and Ensembles...?!

Thanks for that information Sonnet. I wondered the same thing. I thought the Bond was far less satisfying than the previous one, and the opera was certainly the highlight for me.
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation of STRAUSS?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Proper pronunciation of STRAUSS?

He'd be gratified that his name was still being pronounced. (I assume we mean Richard.)
by barney
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 111959

Re: About CMG's contributors!

I not only went up in a hot air balloon, I've been paragliding (that's towed from a speed boat, not hang-gliding for which I doubt I'd have the nerve) and bungee jumping. With that death-defying leap I showed that I was a macho superhero with the requisite iron underwear to visit the corner pub, whi...
by barney
Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm having a CD storage problem!
Replies: 42
Views: 4392

Re: I'm having a CD storage problem!

I have shelves purpose built, so that I can maximise the space. But, like many, I am increasingly turning to the megasets as a space saver. Eg, I just got the Karajan Bruckner set, followed by the Karajan symphonies set (Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikovsky ...
by barney
Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalk - your taste in music?
Replies: 53
Views: 2406

Re: Chalk - your taste in music?

OK. So, Chalkie, what don't you like?
by barney
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Hickox has died, nov. 23.
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Re: Richard Hickox has died, nov. 23.

I think he must have been greatly affected by the row over Opera Australia, which is terribly sad, even though I felt the criticisms had considerable merit. He was a really thoughtful conductor, which is not the light praise it might seem.
by barney
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FAVOURITE PIANISTS
Replies: 39
Views: 1964

Re: FAVOURITE PIANISTS

I think that it is generally agreed that the most obvious pianist who did not make the cut was Annie Fischer... I think that's right, though there are other candidates. Even so, I regard this set as the greatest achievement of modern recording. The logistical task was stupendous, and the result and...
by barney
Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FAVOURITE PIANISTS
Replies: 39
Views: 1964

Re: FAVOURITE PIANISTS

Richter
Gilels
Rubinstein
Kempff
5 = Perahia, Argerich, Brendel, Pollini, and 148 others
by barney
Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete set of piano sonatas by Mozart. Recommendation ?
Replies: 24
Views: 2351

Re: Complete set of piano sonatas by Mozart. Recommendation ?

Uchida for me. But no one mentioned Seeman, though his name came up recently. Fine set. Never heard the Wurtz, alas.
by barney
Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heifetz the joker (video)
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: Heifetz the joker (video)

very funny, very cruel. but i thought some of the laughter was a bit sycophantic.
by barney
Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Edwin Fischer's birthday coming up ...
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Pianist Edwin Fischer's birthday coming up ...

hmmm, 122, a very significant anniversary. a very great pianist. particularly love the schubert lieder he did with schwarzkopf.
by barney
Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Giulini Revisited
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: Giulini Revisited

Brahms piano concerto 1 with Arrau and philharmonia, some Debussy and Falla, and above all the famous Figaro with Schwarzkopf. Taddei, Wachter etc.
by barney
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obscenely large box sets
Replies: 112
Views: 5098

Re: Obscenely large box sets

Nice delivery the other day. Postman brought me the 38-CD Karajan set, the new 10-CD "coffee-table" remastered Pavarotti Puccini collection, very flash, and the 50-CD piano masters series, which I have already listened to at least a quarter of. Fantastic set, mainstream repertoire mostly, but in unu...
by barney
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why did Jean Martinon leave CSO (or why was he sacked)?
Replies: 37
Views: 3776

Re: Why did Jean Martinon leave CSO (or why was he sacked)?

And why was Martinon dissatisfied with the principal oboist? the antagonism between Peck and Still was a real sore point, of which Solti was well aware when he took over. He knew it had to be dealt with promptly, which he did. by? (Until I came back to edit this post, to make this point, it was my ...
by barney
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not so famous piece that you particularly like
Replies: 65
Views: 3608

Re: Not so famous piece that you particularly like

What! All of these aren't famous? I have at least 60 versions of every single one.

Oh, ok then. Good topic. Some research for me ahead, I see.
by barney
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Criteria for being a "great conductor"
Replies: 44
Views: 1673

Re: Criteria for being a "great conductor"

the art of conducting encompasses several vital aspects. to be a great conductor, the following basic skills must be evident: -ability to hear the score in one's head, to be able to analyze the score, and know ahead of time, before it's played, exactly how it should sound. this means not only "vert...
by barney
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bawdy Ballads of Old England (Really bawdy!)
Replies: 6
Views: 919

Re: Bawdy Ballads of Old England (Really bawdy!)

~ Reissue ~ Bawdy Ballads of Old England The City Waites (performing group) Regis RRC 1175 [formerly on Musica Oscura], 74:25, DDD [1996] I dare not list the titles. Anybody familiar with this kind of "repertoire?" Oh, go on! We're (mostly) adults here. I want to know if I'd like to become familiar...
by barney
Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pekka Kuusisto
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Pekka Kuusisto

I heard him in Melbourne this year. First, the pianist's page turner didn't show up, and a friend from the audience was recruited ( a local cellist). Then Kuusisto brought the wrong music to the stand and had to disappear and get the right score. Then, as he was starting, a string broke. There were ...
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Replies: 45
Views: 2213

Re: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Sorry Guys, I always thought he was overrated... :mrgreen:
Yeah, I don't like him either. :mrgreen:
More detail please
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Replies: 45
Views: 2213

Re: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN

But some supporters thought him infallible, as though he walked on water. Of course, listeners would be awakened by the reality of the "THUMP" they'd hear whenever Bernstein landed on the conductor's podium due to excessive jumping. Buoyant? No. Flamboyant? Hmm :lol: Boom boom, as the British comed...
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jorge Bolet - pianist
Replies: 26
Views: 2533

Re: Jorge Bolet - pianist

Bolet's fame officially started in 1960 when he created the soundtrack to the film Song Without End but it wasn't until 1974 that he made an enormous impression with his pianism when he gave a recital given at Carnegie Hall in NYC, issued on LP by RCA Victor and subsequently reissued in the "Great ...
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on listening to SINGERS
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Thoughts on listening to SINGERS

Chalkperson wrote:I picked up the Preiser Borg and Sari discs today, what gems, Borg may even displace Tito Gobbi at the top of the list of my favourite Bass singers...
Re previous, Gobbi is among my ultra-luminaries in his repertoire. Don't move him lightly, Chalkie.
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on listening to SINGERS
Replies: 20
Views: 924

Re: Thoughts on listening to SINGERS

Chalkperson wrote:I picked up the Preiser Borg and Sari discs today, what gems, Borg may even displace Tito Gobbi at the top of the list of my favourite Bass singers...
This may seem like nitpicking, but surely Gobbi was a baritone.
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Replies: 45
Views: 2213

Re: Okay, you asked: LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Can I have a bet each way? He was an utter genius - and over-rated! His best was sublime, as composer, conductor, communicator. His position is history is justly secure. But some supporters thought him infallible, as though he walked on water. My father, a conductor, took me as a stripling to hear h...
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Ring Cycle
Replies: 32
Views: 5278

Re: Favorite Ring Cycle

Has anybody outside of Australia heard of, let alone heard, the recent set with the South Australian opera, recorded on SACD by Melba Recordings? I think it is rather good, myself.
by barney
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Criteria for being a "great conductor"
Replies: 44
Views: 1673

Re: Conductors, Ep. 1009: Who are "the greats" and what makes...

Well, John Francis, I find much to enjoy with Leinsdorf. Judging from what I read on CMG, however, he is considered a "quack" by some. Those who can build orchestras qualify as great with me - Ernest Ansermet dj Erich Leinsdorf? I must spring to the man's defense myself: Leinsdorf did a fine & nobl...
by barney
Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Impromptus
Replies: 53
Views: 3529

Re: Schubert Impromptus

I believe Benjamin Britten called Schubert the greatest composer of all for the output of his last 18 months. He is never long out of my CD player. I have 16 versions of the impromptus, and 16 of D960. But to me D840, the Reliquie, is perhaps the loveliest; distilled simplicity and beauty. For this,...
by barney
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 23377

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Wow. You're a hard crowd to please. You remind me of Whistler, asked weren't the stars beautiful, who replied they were well enough but badly organised. If he'd been God he'd have done it differently. Solti, IMHO, was magnificent in a huge variety of music, from Bartok to Wagner, romantic and classi...
by barney
Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Impromptus
Replies: 53
Views: 3529

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: 1959

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: 751

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: 1681

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: 1681

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: 1959

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: 1959

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: 1771

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 ...