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by barney
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss
Replies: 13
Views: 168

Re: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss

Not sure if I mentioned that I have recently reread (at least the fourth time) Heller's Good as Gold, also pure genius. So many laugh out loud moments, You did, and I put it on my gotta read list. I used to own it but sold it off. Oscar Wilde and Joseph Heller. The two funniest guys I ever read. We...
by barney
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 62

Re: A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail

Exactly Brian. And that is still a fine career.
by barney
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss
Replies: 13
Views: 168

Re: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss

Trump has Two Corinthians he doesn’t read, I have Catch-22 I do. For me, it's the original Twilight Zone, The Defenders and Star Trek. Not to mention Laugh-In, of course! ("Sock it to me!" starring Richard Nixon! :lol:) Mostly though, it's the music I bonded to during my teen years, including Mahle...
by barney
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meager Rewards for Workers, Exceptionally Rich Pay for C.E.O.s
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Re: Meager Rewards for Workers, Exceptionally Rich Pay for C.E.O.s

It's obscene. I think it was Plato who suggested that the top paid in society should receive no more than five times the lowest paid (though I can't remember where I read that, and it does seem a little early for such a thought). The point is, CEOs would have a vested interest in making sure the low...
by barney
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday

Yes. I try to think of it simply as all of us trying to do our best, we are in uncharted waters, and mistakes get made. We have our share of reckless stupidity and aggressive denial (which I separate from people who are simply cautious about the vaccine), though it is a much smaller share than Repub...
by barney
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 62

Re: A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail

I may be against the flow here, but I think Alsop had about as good a career as she deserved. I've heard her live with the Baltimore - she is a good conductor but no more, and certainly not in the top rank. Of course the NYT goes straight to sexism and homophobia but what more did they want - NYPO, ...
by barney
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music

The 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music has gone to Tania León for her work "Stride," premiered by the New York Philharmonic. The other finalists were "Place" by Ted Hearne and "Data Lords" by Maria Schneider (Schneider is perhaps better known as a jazz musician but also has worked in classical idioms an...
by barney
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss
Replies: 13
Views: 168

Re: Jordan Peterson in long-form interview with Bari Weiss

Both individuals superbly intelligent, prescient and understanding
Which is to say no more than that you agree with them, Belle.
by barney
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday

The major issue is that the Victorian government has not learnt from their mistakes, preferring to blame others instead. This seems to have cost their Premier his 'job' and so it should. However, his deputy seems to be equally as sanctimonious. The unnecessary deaths of nearly 700 aged care residen...
by barney
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday

A two-week lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, will be eased beginning on Friday after outbreaks of the infectious Delta and Kappa coronavirus variants were contained, officials said. Schools and shops in Australia’s second-largest city will be allowed to reopen, and residents will be permitted to le...
by barney
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruised by the Pandemic, Carnegie Hall Plans a Comeback
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Bruised by the Pandemic, Carnegie Hall Plans a Comeback

In my celebrated (in my mind) month in New York in 2016 I went to Carnegie Hall about eight times. I don't think I have ever been in such a large hall with such a clear and delightful accoustic, though the Met is even bigger and also sounds marvellous.
by barney
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Melbourne's Lockdown to Ease Beginning on Friday

A two-week lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, will be eased beginning on Friday after outbreaks of the infectious Delta and Kappa coronavirus variants were contained, officials said. Schools and shops in Australia’s second-largest city will be allowed to reopen, and residents will be permitted to le...
by barney
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What pieces bring you to tears?
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: What pieces bring you to tears?

Great question. Far too many to cite now. Slow movement of Schubert's string quintet, Beethoven's Emperor concerto, slow movements from many Mozart concertos but especially K271, K466, K467, K595, K511 adagio, Grief for sin from St Matthew Passion, dozens of opera moments - yesterday I listened to f...
by barney
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Presto Classical CD Box Sale
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Presto Classical CD Box Sale

Thanks Brian. I'll ponder that. I just ordered the Schiff Brahms discussed on another thread, and I have literally scores of unopened CDs, plus a fascinating collection from a very generout benefactor. I had decided I might just live with the Emersons - after all I have plenty of recordings of indiv...
by barney
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor

Oh no! Gotta look after your teeth, Brian. I'm off to the dentist for a check-up tomorrow. This is a pretty wide digression from Midori. :D
by barney
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor

No chance with that name. It might as well be Sviatoslatakava Kolzyniciezwiczi.
by barney
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 256
Views: 14870

Re: TrumpReich in action

Still on the old Trump obsessions I see. There used to be a gag in debating circles that if you had to refer to the Third Reich in your arguments you were losing!! I ran the school debating team and this was a rule of thumb. A heck of a lot more reasonable than your obsession with the ABC and all y...
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 256
Views: 14870

Re: TrumpReich in action

Well, to me from the outside, the problem is this weird antipathy to "socialised" medicine. In Australia we don't see the universal Medicare program as socialism; it just means people don't have to die or go bankrupt because they can't afford hospital. Not that our system is perfect, by any means.
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 12077

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Here's a Gramophone review of the set which confirms the Brit critics' traditionally snotnosed approach to Ormandy: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/eugene-ormandy-the-columbia-legacy And David Hurwitz had a few bones to pick with that Gramophone review. David Hurwitz Music Chat: The Ormandy Col...
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 12077

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Yes, my copy is defective, too, with an incomplete Ravel Tzigane . I wonder if there are any other problems with this set. Speaking of replacement discs, I have not had a replacement from Decca on the Arthur Grumiaux set. Has anyone heard from Decca about this yet? I suppose, with these mega-boxed ...
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Momentum
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: Mozart Momentum

I'm not getting the YouTube postings either, just blank space. But the links are there, thanks. Maybe your computer is playing a practical joke on the rest of us. :D
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 603

Re: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo

My brief review in the Sydney Morning Herald Daniel Barenboim, 78, is one of the more important post-war musicians, both as pianist and conductor, since giving his first concert aged seven. A Jewish citizen of Argentina, Spain, Israel and Palestine, he has been an indefatigable champion of peace in ...
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants

No, alas. It was nearly fated to be, with your Carnegie Hall competitions, but cruelly cut short.
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 256
Views: 14870

Re: TrumpReich in action

Bit hot. Tasmania is the closest climate to New York, perhaps.
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump to Xi Jinping: ‘Fork over 10 trillion bucks’
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Trump to Xi Jinping: ‘Fork over 10 trillion bucks’

Being the experienced and gifted diplomat that he is, Trump obviously made sure that the Chinese would agree before publishing all this.
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 603

Re: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo

I've just acquired Barenboim's fifth set of the 32 (recorded 2020), with a bonus of the Diabelli and half a dozen of the sonatas he recorded in 1958. It is quite fascinating, and very different from the performances of his youth.
by barney
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Indeed, many felicitations Lance, and thanks again for the great job you do here.
by barney
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 256
Views: 14870

Re: TrumpReich in action

That is such a sad story, Brian. Is it still the same today? In Australia and New Zealand we have government-funded carers and/or nurses who come to the home to shower, dress, administer medication etc to people who need it. Of course there aren't enough of the carers, and our ageing population is g...
by barney
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 603

Re: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo

Thanks for that Premont. Have you listened to other modern cycles, such as Paul Lewis or Igor Levit - Im wondering how you think they compare.I intended to buy the Levit cycle, for example, but haven't got round to it yet.
by barney
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants

Once an assistant, always an assistant.
I hope that's not true. You have to start somewhere as a conductor. Think Leonard Bernstein. But many conductors have to form their own musical organisations, from amateur to highly professional, to work as they want.
by barney
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Momentum
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: Mozart Momentum

The extended range clarinet, often referred to as a "basset clarinet" (by analogy with the basset horn, which also had the extended low range) was something that Anton Stadler had built for him, simply because he loved the low notes. It was a one-of-a-kind instrument. There's no music written for i...
by barney
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland
Replies: 23
Views: 543

Re: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland

Obviously, as a journalist (or even as a human) I am concerned at attacks on journalists. So many around the world live in constant danger, unlike me. But, Belle, as usual you irritate me profoundly with your puerile partisanship and whining. Both sides of politics have thugs and bullies who are ha...
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Pianist Comes Around on Period Instruments
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: A Pianist Comes Around on Period Instruments

Just ordered it from Presto
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Momentum
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Mozart Momentum

Most interesting interview with Leif Ove Andsnes about his new Mozart project. Written by a chap from Presto Classical. Leif Ove Andsnes on Mozart Momentum by David Smith Leif Ove AndsnesThe legend of Mozart the boy genius is so well-established as to have become a cliché – to have achieved as much ...
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Pianist Comes Around on Period Instruments
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: A Pianist Comes Around on Period Instruments

Thanks for this interesting article. Schiff has some weighty points there. Until now I have relied upon Gilels, Richter and Backhaus in this repertory - the B-major concerto being my favorite of the two -, but it sounds as if Schiff's release is a must have. Exactly how I feel. I have about 40 perf...
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Presto Classical CD Box Sale
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Presto Classical CD Box Sale

To people like me, living in the EURO-zone, Brexit has made it as well as impossible to purchase physical CD's from Great Britain. Good to see, that Presto also offers a lot of the CD's in the shape of flac downloads. Most of these are very inexpensive, others are reasonably priced, but a few are r...
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants

I suspect this is true. In Australia the cultural cringe operated this way, and still does to an extent. Australian musicians have to forge careers overseas. Sometimes, of course, they are just too good to be confined to Australia - Joan Sutherland, Barry Tuckwell, Charles Mackerras, Simone Young. I...
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gee I Was Hoping Obstruction Of Justice Was Back In Play
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Gee I Was Hoping Obstruction Of Justice Was Back In Play

You speak for so many of us, Len. My tone is plaintive and disbelieving too.
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Americans Don’t Want to Return to Low Wage Jobs
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Americans Don’t Want to Return to Low Wage Jobs

And don't forget the 20-foot saltwater crocodiles I have to wrestle away from my back door to let the dogs out. But, as in most places, the worst reptiles are the human ones.
by barney
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland
Replies: 23
Views: 543

Re: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland

Brilliantly done, Joe. thanks. It's even funnier the proper way, as opposed to my memory.
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland
Replies: 23
Views: 543

Re: Journalist viciously attacked by Antifa/BLM in Portland

You're right. I still remember a favourite cartoon from years ago, showing a woman in bed shouting "come to bed" and her partner, at a computer, says "I can't. Someone on the Internet is wrong."

There's a bit of that in all of us, and a lot of it in me. :lol:
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did Christian Thielemann Attack Kirill Petrenko as a Jew?
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Did Christian Thielemann Attack Kirill Petrenko as a Jew?

THEHORN wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:31 pm
Anything from Norman Lebrecht must be taken with a grain of salt . . . . . he's the Rush Limbaugh of classical music .
JohnF certainly agreed with you. I find him very entertaining, and sometimes (perhaps) well informed, but the cognoscenti's consensus is with you.
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Presto Classical CD Box Sale
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Presto Classical CD Box Sale

To people like me, living in the EURO-zone, Brexit has made it as well as impossible to purchase physical CD's from Great Britain. Good to see, that Presto also offers a lot of the CD's in the shape of flac downloads. Most of these are very inexpensive, others are reasonably priced, but a few are r...
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump shuts down his blog, frustrated by its low readership.
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Trump shuts down his blog, frustrated by its low readership.

As I have said before - and I'm hardly Robinson Crusoe - Trump is beyond parody. You can't think of anything crazier, more demeaning, stupid, ignorant, insulting, malevolent etc than what he already is.
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Presto Classical CD Box Sale
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Presto Classical CD Box Sale

ooooooh! I have nearly all of those, but the Shostakovich quartets leaves me strangely tempted. Anyone know how they compare with the Emerson's, my only complete set at present?
by barney
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 12077

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Yes, my copy is defective, too, with an incomplete Ravel Tzigane . I wonder if there are any other problems with this set. Speaking of replacement discs, I have not had a replacement from Decca on the Arthur Grumiaux set. Has anyone heard from Decca about this yet? I suppose, with these mega-boxed ...
by barney
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: FBI probes USPS Trump crony for campaign fundraising shenanigans
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: FBI probes USPS Trump crony for campaign fundraising shenanigans

How many times over the past four years have we expressed the wish that what goes around comes around. Finally it seems to be happening.