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by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DOJ bans White House liaison from its building
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: DOJ bans White House liaison from its building

Yes, it seems even he has his limits. Unlike Trump.
by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Leopard Lady Sidney Powell is helping the ‘Democrat Party’ flip the Senate
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: Leopard Lady Sidney Powell is helping the ‘Democrat Party’ flip the Senate

This is what happens when you tell the Emperor that he has no clothes. :mrgreen: The Republican Party is self-destructing before our very eyes. Democrats should just get out of the way and let it happen. Thank God for the state-level Republican election officials, governors, etc. They are the true ...
by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 522

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Well you've certainly put the work in. One thing I might do over Christmas is check the Grumiaux/Concertgebouw/Davis with the one that says on the cover Grumiaux/Concertgebouw/Haitink and see if they are identical. That would be powerful proof that you are right. But, looking at discogs, it says Dav...
by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DOJ bans White House liaison from its building
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: DOJ bans White House liaison from its building

no end to Trump's grubbiness.
by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Yes, Henry, even I read it despite my disdain for Christmas compilations. Well done indeed, very thorough. Mind you, I still wouldn't want most of them, but we're all allowed our preferences. :D Nowhere do you see recording artists dialing in performances for cash more apparently than with Christma...
by barney
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 522

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Actually, Brian, it was four recordings for Grumiaux - you overlooked the Van Beinum I mentioned. But yes, it is something of a tribute, I agree.
by barney
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America, the Zombie nation
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: America, the Zombie nation

Some times it needs something like that imaginative leap to get the point across. Morally, they are zombies, as she outlines. We seem to have imported from the US a witless movement called Sovereign Citizens, who owe no one any responsibilities or duties, yet greedily and selfishly grasp to themselv...
by barney
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Yes, Henry, even I read it despite my disdain for Christmas compilations. Well done indeed, very thorough. Mind you, I still wouldn't want most of them, but we're all allowed our preferences. :D
by barney
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 522

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

PS. Brian, to be sure, I actually went and got the CD off my shelf, and it is definitely the concerto with Haitink. And the two Romances are there too.
by barney
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 522

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

There have been lots of excellent recordings in recent years, to the list above I would suggest: Batiashvili (directing as well) Faust/Abbado (or Bĕlohlávek) Jansen/Järvi Kopatchinskaja/Herreweghe (a typically questioning Pat Kop performance) Mullova/Gardiner Tetzlaff/Zinman If I may, Mike, I belie...
by barney
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump said to be so pissed off at Barr he wants to fire him
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Trump said to be so pissed off at Barr he wants to fire him

Do it. Do it. Do it.
Then, of course, pardon him.
by barney
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 23
Views: 695

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

Thanks for all that work, both Brian and John
by barney
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 522

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Heard her new Beethoven VC per local FM radio.You may of course disagree, but I found her sound, attack, approach too thin and delicate, almost pre- Beethoven in some respects, for my taste. While I do not enjoy overly Romanticized readings, eg. my Perlman/Giulini/Philhrmonia, my ideal is aristocra...
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

It was released late last month, so it should be available. Perhaps send an email to Readings, a big Melbourne retailer, which is on that website I linked to.
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

No, Brian, you are right. Many Americans regard the Australian system as "socialised medicine" - a meaningless epithet, in my view. There's nothing Marxist about it, any more than there is about taxes generally.
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

I hope you KNOW, Barney, that I was pulling your leg on that post! It is the other side of my usually conservative side! (Some people might heartily disagree with that "conservatism" though!) Great artists, undeniably, Lance. But why would I listen to them doing crossover when I can hear them in th...
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

I can heartily recommend a CD that just came to me, A Baroque Christmas by the Australian Chamber Choir, a "pick of the pops from the late 1400s to the end of the Baroque period". 17 tracks from live concerts. Starts with des Pres via the likes of Pretorious, Sweelink, Scheidt, Victoria, Gabrieli. I...
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 23
Views: 695

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

Thanks for that Brian - very intrepid of you.
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Our Medicare system, like yours, comes from our taxes and comes with some good perks. These include free doctors visits and hospital care though for the latter you go onto a waiting list which can be long. Private health cover significantly speeds up that process. My health cover includes a proport...
by barney
Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 23
Views: 695

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

John, I wrote to Cyrus Meher-Homji, who heads Eloquence with your suggestion. This was his reply: Hi Barney Thanks for writing. We’re doing American Decca recordings, not American Capitol recordings so the Hollywoods can’t be included. I’m not even sure we own them. All best Cyrus So, for me, a big ...
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

My private healthcare (top level hospital and rehab, no extras because I just don't think it's worth it) costs about $A350 ($US260) a month. I've spent tens of thousands of dollars over several decades, and never once claimed - but that is a cause for celebration rather than the reverse. It seems yo...
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Not that the Times is flawless of course, and I was very disturbed at the sacking of the opinion editor after some staff rebelled about the Cotton oped. That disturbed me as well. The Times' explanation said that the Cotton piece shouldn't have run because it didn't meet their "standards," but they...
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

Last night, I watched an interview on 60 Minutes of Christopher Krebs, the Homeland Security official who was fired by Trump for saying that the 2020 election was the most secure in history. He is described as a life-long Republican. After watching that interview, I had one reaction--Biden should h...
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 167

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

Very cogently argued.
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

That's fair enough, Holden, it seems entirely rational. For myself, I connected to NBN three or four years ago (whenever it was first rolled out in Melbourne). The price was a little better and the speed for me tripled, from an average of 17mbs to 55. That's on the internet speed test; of course thi...
by barney
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 23
Views: 695

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

Yes indeed, John, I'd love to see a Hollywood Quartet collection.
I will suggest it to Decca Eloquence in Australia.
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

When I comment on sites like the Spectator, no one but me has a good word for the NYTimes. "Fake news", "they make it up". But when challenged to give an example, no one ever provides one. It's just an ideological mantra to explain away inconvenient truths. Not that the Times is flawless of course, ...
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

I have bundled all my phone/internet with one provider. I pay (from memory) $80 a month for unlimited cable internet, $5 a month for a landline (but overseas calls, if I made any, would be extra), and $30 a month each for my wife and myself for our mobile phones - unlimited calls and texts within Au...
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

I find these stories very encouraging, that there are ordinary Americans standing up for what they know is right and for their conscience, sometimes under considerable pressure. None more outstanding than the Georgia secretary of state, who will probably lose as a result in two years. But these peop...
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Friedrich Kalkbrenner's solo piano music
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Friedrich Kalkbrenner's solo piano music

Great stuff. Thanks for copying all that out, most entertaining.
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Indeed, it is a delicious irony. Thank you Donald, you corrupt imbecile.
by barney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

I don't have a landline any more. I have no objections to them, but four years ago the puppy chewed through the wires, and I found I never missed it. I still pay $5 a month for the privilege of having it though.
by barney
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Understand completely. Each to his own. I well remember the Eileen Farrell Columbia Christmas album and told her I had and enjoyed. Her response: "Oh, THAT thing!" But she was a crossover artist as well, as you know. A very dedicated singer. And then there was Ernestine Schumann-Heink who made thos...
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammy Nominations for 2021 are Announced!
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Grammy Nominations for 2021 are Announced!

I have only one at present, the Trifonov. But I did have the immense good fortune to be present in Chicago on the opening night of their season when they played the Babi Yar symphony. Simply sensational. The stranger in the seat next to me observed that when Muti had had enough applause he would wag...
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Interesting, Lance - I am the opposite. Christmas music, to me - unless it is by the likes of Handel or Bach - is trite and sentimental, especially the Christmas compilations stars like Kaufmann put out. I haven't seen what's on the Kaufmann but I suspect it's similar. Mostly I dislike great voices ...
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: QAnon-leaning Deplorables are talking Georgia boycott on January 5
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: QAnon-leaning Deplorables are talking Georgia boycott on January 5

I tell you, Darwinian evolution will apply here.
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: The case for prosecuting Trump

That's a fascinating point, Len. And you can be pretty sure Trump never thought of that.
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Losses We Share
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: The Losses We Share

How about, "is there anything I can do to help?"
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perils of Tosca
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Perils of Tosca

Good spot, Brian! I certainly didn't know. I'd hate to try to slide a factual error past you when it comes to singers. Thanks for your thanksgiving wishes. Indeed, I give thanks every day - I think gratitude is at the core of religion. But I was remiss not to wish Happy Thanksgiving to all my Americ...
by barney
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

Excellent research, Brian, thank you - especially given the parlous state of my memory. :D
by barney
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: The case for prosecuting Trump

Who cares? The overeducated SOB will soon be history. Gotta admit I do. As for him becoming history maybe not so fast as you and I would like. Regards, Len [lock him up, lock him up, lock him up] He’s not going to become history while everyone keeps talking about him. What’s that old saying? “Even ...
by barney
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff - 80-CD set forthcoming on DGG
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Wilhelm Kempff - 80-CD set forthcoming on DGG

Kempff is probably one of my all-time top five favourite pianists. I'd be sorely tempted by this if I didn't already have at least 50 of the CDs. As it is, probably not.
by barney
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?
Replies: 14
Views: 430

Re: How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?

I've heard Ohlsson live many times, in concertos and recitals, in Australia and the US. I think he is a superlative player, with wonderful stage presence. I reckon he'd be a great dinner guest - see if you can set that up Lance for the next time I'm in New York. :lol:
by barney
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perils of Tosca
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Perils of Tosca

Nothing like a good laugh, as we all agree (though not all the below is funny). I was going through an old file on my computer and came across this, which I am happy to share. I don't seem to have kept a record of its provenance. If you can't read it all, don't miss the last para. By ANDREW GUMBEL R...
by barney
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

My father, a conductor himself, thought Szell the finest conductor he had heard. I remember him pointing out to me a recording of Szell conducting some Gershwin (I got Rhythm?) and getting some tricky timing/phrasing perfect that he said most conductors didn't even attempt.
by barney
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'

I'm planning to take it. I have some comorbidities, which my wife does not, and at this stage she does not plan to take it.
by barney
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: The case for prosecuting Trump

Absolutely right, Brian
by barney
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans, caught between Trump’s wrath and reality, have splintered into two camps
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Republicans, caught between Trump’s wrath and reality, have splintered into two camps

Thanks for that Brian. Actually, it's fascinating how much of an official, bureaucratic letter is given to self exculpation and justification. Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
by barney
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What a Trump concession looks like
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: What a Trump concession looks like

What does he mean by Dominion, Joseph? Is this a new conspiracy theory like QAnon that I haven't caught up with?