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by Holden Fourth
Mon May 19, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Witold Malcuzynski
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Witold Malcuzynski

Amazon US has this listed for $34.00 not the $23 quoted. Still cheap and still worth getting.

I've placed my order through Amazon UK and have ended up paying $AUS 34.50 including p&h.
by Holden Fourth
Sun May 18, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Witold Malcuzynski
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Witold Malcuzynski

I had some LPs of his Chopin which I thought were excellent so I will probably invest in this box set. I already have the Brahms and Beethoven on another CD but it's his Chopin I want to hear again.
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 08, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary
Replies: 14
Views: 1502

Re: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary

I would be interested to see what Melodiya have got of Grigory Sokolov that is not available elsewhere. I know that there is a lot of LvB that he recorded that is not currently available so here's hoping.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 03, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is there still hope for us so-so pianists?
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: Is there still hope for us so-so pianists?

Interesting that the author also includes the Michelangeli performance which is the best I've ever heard.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Alternatives to Internet Explorer
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: Alternatives to Internet Explorer

Haven't used IE in years. It's bloated, contains all sorts of features that I don't want and is slower than the other browsers. I'm a Firefox fan on my PC for some of the reasons listed in John's post and I use Chrome on my iPad. If there was a Firefox app for iPad I'd use that too.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 29
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Firefox version 29

I have Windows 8 here at work (and at home) and have just updated. I'll report back but as I also use Chrome I can't see any issues for me.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Op. 110
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Op. 110

Donald, I have your CD of this sonata and once again I was in awe of what you can do with the slow movements in the LvB sonatas.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Education: Common Core under attack
Replies: 24
Views: 1294

Re: Education: Common Core under attack

Holden, one cannot have 'understanding' without 'knowledge'. This 'either/or' thing with education is part of the problem, IMO. I agree that knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding and this leads to the point I am trying to make. How you use knowledge is what should be paramount. If the Core ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Education: Common Core under attack
Replies: 24
Views: 1294

Re: Education: Common Core under attack

Any system that seeks to assess knowledge, as opposed to understanding, is assessing only a small part of the human intellect and is therefore doing the majority of its students a major disservice
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor
Replies: 23
Views: 1688

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor

I've just listened to the Kogan/Rostropovich/Gilels on Spotify. I've heard others that are very good (Heifetz/Piatigorsky/Rubinstein) but this performance just jumped out at me as being exceptional.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 3843

Re: Schubert

As a fellow lover of Schubert's music there are a few other works I'd like to add to Tarantella's list. The Arpeggione sonata for Cello and Piano is a beautiful example of his gift for creating exquisite melodies. The two Piano trios are also wonderful. Finally, the Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano i...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 1920

Re: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

Excellent post, thanks. I agree re Chopin: note for note, he is my all-time favourite, especially with the nocturnes, which are probably my favourite Chopin. An excellent Schubert, the last piano sonata, was not on your list but would be on mine. There were two D960s in the box, which one are you r...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 1920

Re: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

Order the Moscow concert DVD that was left out of this set and prepare to have your mind blown all over again! I've been thinking about doing that. I have a CD recording from the now defunct Russian Revelation label which had all the Chopin from that concert and your post has convinced me that this...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 1920

Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

I purchased the Arthur Rubinstein complete edition towards the end of last year and every weekend since then I have played at least a couple of the CDs each morning in order from CD 1 to CD 142. It is now time to set down my thoughts on the edition and Rubinstein the musician. The most striking thin...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia: land of perpetual climactic extremes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1402

Re: Australia: land of perpetual climactic extremes?

I'm 1000 kms further north than Tarantella and our summer has been one of ups and downs as far as temperature goes. Overall, I'd have to say it's been a relatively warm summer for us but not extreme. The one thing we could really do with here is rain which we have seen very little of for the last fo...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's wrong with American news media
Replies: 32
Views: 2351

Re: What's wrong with American news media

There will never be a perfect society; what's 'wrong' with the media is generally what's 'wrong' with society at large. We mostly get the media we deserve; unless people stop consuming rubbish it will continue to be dished up to them. Last night I watched an interview with a popular Australian colu...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need basic smart phone advice
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Need basic smart phone advice

There are only two phones on the market worth considering - Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 5s.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3219

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

What would you accept as empirical evidence? Because it seems to me that there's plenty of evidence that humans have changed the environment in other ways, such as the effect of aerosol gas on the ozone layer. So I'm open to the argument that we are changing the climate as well, by pouring greenhou...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3219

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

Yes, this old argument which we heard many times before on these forums: a. there's no climate change; b. there's always been climate change over the millenia; c. there's climate change but it ain't caused by humans. I bet rwetmore's and holden fourth's prior messages, particularly four or so years...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time
Replies: 25
Views: 2914

Re: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time

As for methodology, I don't see how there can be one when we're talking about "greatness." Criteria, perhaps; historical authority and importance (the composer himself performing, or performers with a close connection with the composer), influence on performance practice, etc. Toscanini would quali...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3219

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

a demonstration of the ability of any politician to state the obvious as if it was a revelation. He is certainly correct, the earth's climate has not been in stasis for many millenia now but that's nature I guess.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2561

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

I should have made it more apparent in my comments that while I prefer the second of his three Beethoven cycles, there at least a dozen other cycles I would recommend ahead of it. But I've not heard anyone play the slow movement of the Hammerklavier the way Brendel plays it. He is a master of the l...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 15
Views: 1322

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Many happy returns to a fellow Capricorn.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

Thank you for you birthday wishes. just arrived back home last night . Let's hope that this year is far less traumatic and dramatic than the last one. :roll:
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed
Replies: 2
Views: 872

Re: Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed

Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed. For all-around listening, including classical. Would someone be willing to recommend one of these? What about the Bose QuietComfort 20? I would be willing to pay up to 300 dollars. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Nearly all in ear monitors (IEM...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD of a Live Beethoven Recital Released
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Re: New Hungerford CD of a Live Beethoven Recital Released

KASP Records is happy to announce that the new 2 CD album of Bruce Hungerford playing a live Beethoven sonata recital is now available. The program, which includes five sonatas (one of them being Op. 111) plus two encores is the first ever released live recording of the works of the composer with w...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2172

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

I stopped taking my prescribed statin nearly 2 weeks ago, and after just a few days the symptoms (easily tired legs when walking, sore lower back) diminished quite a lot. Whether it's cause and effect or some kind of negative placebo effect, who knows? Whatever, it's a significant improvement. Even...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About those boxed sets...
Replies: 33
Views: 3694

Re: About those boxed sets...

With access to online streaming music services such as Spotify, I thought that my CD buying days were virtually over. So I can't explain why I've just purchased the 142 CD Arthur Rubinstein Complete Album Collection. Glad I did though, the remastering is sonically impressive and all the other littl...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About those boxed sets...
Replies: 33
Views: 3694

Re: About those boxed sets...

With access to online streaming music services such as Spotify, I thought that my CD buying days were virtually over. So I can't explain why I've just purchased the 142 CD Arthur Rubinstein Complete Album Collection. Glad I did though, the remastering is sonically impressive and all the other little...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2172

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

Quite so. A great deal isn't yet known about the human body and how it functions, and medicine can only go so far. My situation is something like yours, so I've been following doctor's orders and taking the pills. But if the aches and pains that hinder me getting around are indeed a side effect, an...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2172

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

In the last decade much has attention has been paid, not just to the role of cholesterol, but why plaque builds up in arteries. People with normal cholesterol levels have ended up with coronary artery disease and subsequently died from the resultant myocardial infarction. Others with very high level...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2172

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

I stopped taking them and noticed a great improvement after about 4-5 weeks (one week is not enough). My doctor changed my medication and I am on Ezetimibe (Ezetrol) and this has been great with no noticeable side effects so far. Thanks for the info. It will be months until my next checkup, and as ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2172

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

I can tell you that statins can have terrible side effects. For me they included back pain, muscle soreness, extreme feeling of fatigue, a sort of fuzzy headed feeling and extreme irritability. I stopped taking them and noticed a great improvement after about 4-5 weeks (one week is not enough). My d...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not going deaf yet (computer speakers)
Replies: 22
Views: 2568

Re: Not going deaf yet (computer speakers)

I've been using a DAC (a digital audio converter that connects via USB to my computer) and a pair of powered speakers for the past year. It's a Cambridge DacMagic Plus and AudioEngine 5+ speakers that I got online at the Audio Advisor. The setup wasn't cheap. However, the sound I get from my comput...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British-area pianists
Replies: 17
Views: 2399

Re: British-area pianists

The inclusion of Puishnoff reminds me that Sergio Fiorentino spent a lot of his career based in London
by Holden Fourth
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British-area pianists
Replies: 17
Views: 2399

Re: British-area pianists

Also add the up and coming Benjamin Grosvenor
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Murray Perahia- The First 40 Years
Replies: 34
Views: 4898

Re: Murray Perahia- The First 40 Years

In my earlier years I quite admired a lot of what Perahia did and collected some of his Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and other recordings. I've tended to not listen to him as much though I recently bought his complete Mozart PCs. Of those that I've heard I highly recommend his Schubert impromptus, Mo...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Labor loses OZ election by slimmer margin than predicted
Replies: 16
Views: 1729

Re: Labor loses OZ election by slimmer margin than predicted

One question: are the two of you supportive of the climate change denial policies of the Liberal Party? Here's my view The Facts: 1 Climate change is a fact, our planet's climate has never been static 2 The planet is going through a warming up phase at this point in time 3 This has happened before ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Labor loses OZ election by slimmer margin than predicted
Replies: 16
Views: 1729

Re: Labor loses OZ election by slimmer margin than predicted

Most importantly, the worst government this country has ever seen is goooone!!!! I made sure I watched the PM declare defeat on TV just to make sure. The only downside is that the person he replaced only nine weeks ago should have been there instead to shoulder all the blame. The sort of government ...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bye bye Firefox
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Bye bye Firefox

Firefox has now reached version 23 and as the version numbers have increased the operation of this browser got clunkier. This has never been a major problem for me - until now. The latest issue has been going on for a while and has yet to be resolved by Mozilla. It concerns the use of flash players,...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Attack on Syria within days...
Replies: 228
Views: 11513

Re: Attack on Syria within days...

Why are we intervening in a conflict that essentially pits the Shiite Hamas/Hezbollah against the Sunni Al-Qaeda? There is pretty good evidence that both sides have used chemical weapons. .............If we had even a shred of common sense left, we would stay far, far away from this quagmire. What ...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Attack on Syria within days...
Replies: 228
Views: 11513

Re: Attack on Syria within days...

I am hoping that things might be viewed from a balanced perspective. What we have in Syria is a large group who want to take control of the country from the current government which they think is doing a very poor job of running this country. I think it's called a civil war. For whatever reason, the...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hold that stent!
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Hold that stent!

"[S]tenting these sorts of lesions does not improve survival" doesn't sound like a fix, offhand. Cheers, ~Karl Stenting may not improve survival but it will increase longevity until the stent itself becomes blocked. It is not the blockage itself which causes a myocardial infarction, but the blockag...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On this national lighthouse day
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: On this national lighthouse day

As a former lighthouse keeper I am reading this thread with interest
by Holden Fourth
Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

My LP is with a friend overseas and I haven't heard it in along time but am listening to some of it on Youtube. None of the schmaltzy, dripping with saccharine, style of playing for Lee. These were composed in the classical period and nearly all recordings are too slow and overuse rubato. Lee recogn...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

I believe you are correct. The Field incomplete Nocturnes on Turnabout was never reissued. I'm glad I kept my LP, as I have retained EVERY LP I own (how ridiculous in that much is replicated on CD). Noel Lee was accomplished American pianist who seemed to do better in Europe than in the USA in term...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Time to replace my computer, but I hate the reason
Replies: 14
Views: 865

Re: Time to replace my computer, but I hate the reason

I've got a wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo from Microsoft which works beautifully. As John says, Logitech make good ones as well.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

Noel Lee, IMHO, recorded one of the best sets of Field Nocturnes I have ever heard - sadly incomplete to my knowledge. The other sad thing is that I don't believe that this recording ever made it to CD as it was on the Turnabout label. I would buy it instantly if I discovered it.