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by barney
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: 49 years ago today!

I'm very torn about this. I think I should lend because I want to share the music and books that are precious to me. For a long time I kept a list on my computer and after a few months would gently jog the recipient's memory. that helped,but I've still lost some treasures. A few years ago I was at m...
by barney
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine

:D Len, in any previous generation Trump would have long gone. I can't think of any conceivable crime that would make the Republicans remove him Barney what about shooting someone on 5th Ave? Regards, Len :( Well Len, you have it from the horse's mouth (or perhaps another part of the equine anatomy)...
by barney
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 18
Views: 154

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Lance, I've been recommending the Simon Rattle/John Adams recording you mention for some years now, and I agree it is certainly NOT noise but is hugely challenging yet accessible. Great music needs to be like this, and hopefully is still being composed, but I'm not hearing about it. Thank you, Barn...
by barney
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 38
Views: 712

Re: A loss

Well, you know what the definition is of a gentleman: somebody who can play the saxophone but doesn't.
by barney
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: 49 years ago today!

Oh dear. That is considerably more significant than the lost lent book or CD we have all experienced.
by barney
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Mayor, prances and dances to a Putin tune in Ukraine

Len, in any previous generation Trump would have long gone. I can't think of any conceivable crime that would make the Republicans remove him - rape, murder, treason: all would be explained away or dismissed as fake news. They are utterly embedded in his defence to protect their own skins. This is t...
by barney
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 30
Views: 2221

Re: Australian fires

Sue, I see things are wildly out of control in the Hunter Valley again. Are you still at home? Have you had to flee? My sister in Sydney is finding her health quite affected by the smoke and pollution, but it must be worse where you are. Please give us an update. I hope and pray that the fires are ...
by barney
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 18
Views: 154

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

I went to a concert last week that was entirely new music. It had two world premieres and two Australian premieres. One work was semi-new - an early minimalist piece by Steve Reich. It was gratifying that the hall was full - a chamber hall, seating about 1000, rather than the main concert hall. Also...
by barney
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: 49 years ago today!

Well, I certainly envy you that. I don't think he ever came to Australia; if he did, certainly I did not hear him. It would have been astonishing to do so.
by barney
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 30
Views: 2221

Re: Australian fires

Sue, I see things are wildly out of control in the Hunter Valley again. Are you still at home? Have you had to flee? My sister in Sydney is finding her health quite affected by the smoke and pollution, but it must be worse where you are. Please give us an update. I hope and pray that the fires are b...
by barney
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 38
Views: 712

Re: A loss

Vince Lombardi: Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. that's the spirit of the age. It seems much more competitive than when I was young - winning is not everything, it's the only thing. So I have to cover my ears and shout louder than you. As you say, John never did that. He could be quit...
by barney
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 38
Views: 712

Re: A loss

It's one of the ironies of death that this outpouring of admiration and affection, richly deserved, couldn't be enjoyed by John in life. Still, he got plenty of respect on this forum.
by barney
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 38
Views: 712

Re: A loss

Thank you Kjell for letting us know. I had noticed John hadn't posted for a couple of days, and wondered why, as he was such an ardent communicator. I too will miss John deeply. His knowledge was prolific, and often authoritative, his capacity and willingness to research and answer questions was unp...
by barney
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great Slide Presentation NYC Subway Map
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Great Slide Presentation NYC Subway Map

Yes, brilliant, Len, thanks. I remember how reliant I was on the subway map in 2016.
by barney
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe

Also, I'm not sure you're entitled to speak for "the vast majority of Australians", and no more am I. Most of the ones I know do care, at least somewhat, but capital city differs from regional city, and all the other factors separating us. I think there's a general nervousness about the rise of a be...
by barney
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: GOP to take the gloves off this week in effort to delegitimize impeachment probe

But some of us care very passionately indeed. I'm one of them. :D
by barney
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After Years of False Starts, Geffen Hall Is Being Rebuilt. Really.
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: After Years of False Starts, Geffen Hall Is Being Rebuilt. Really.

I note the side seats on the tiers are looking more at the orchestra. A considerable improvement.
by barney
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Bruce Hungerford on To Tell The Truth
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Pianist Bruce Hungerford on To Tell The Truth

Yes, it must be a bit unnerving for you.
I really liked the show, actually - a good idea. Sorry it's not around now.
by barney
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones

Some might say Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau faired better in lieder while Prey may have been more at home with opera. Don't let these comments colour your preference, however! I do in fact think exactly that. DFD was one of the greatest lieder singers of the century, and I have scores of CDs, including...
by barney
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does it "streich" you that ...
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: How does it "streich" you that ...

I too strongly agree: she was marvellous. Listen to her Adele in Fricsay's Fledermaus, utterly charming.
It was something of a golden age, the 1950s in Germany: Rita Streich, Maria Stader, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sena Jurinac, Irmgaard Siefried and more.
by barney
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons has died
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Mariss Jansons has died

Wonderful conductor. Thanks for all the glorious hours of listening.
by barney
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: spontini opera article
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: spontini opera article

Certainly has quite a cast, Brian, including the conductor
by barney
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 917

Re: New Met Statue

My favourite chain (of 3 or 4 shops in Melbourne) for the ... ahem... larger gentleman is closing. I call them Fat Bastards; they call themselves High and Mighty. No one else has their stock. Unless I want cheap shirts from Kmart I will have to shop online from the US. I recently got a witty T-shir...
by barney
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 917

Re: New Met Statue

it shines like gold when it is in perfect harmony My impression is just the opposite: a confused jumble with gold leaf added in an unsuccessful attempt to prettify the mess. Not my taste either. It looks like a hastily-conceived and crumpled version of Gianni Versace's Medusa trademark icon. https:...
by barney
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 917

Re: New Met Statue

My favourite chain (of 3 or 4 shops in Melbourne) for the ... ahem... larger gentleman is closing. I call them Fat Bastards; they call themselves High and Mighty. No one else has their stock. Unless I want cheap shirts from Kmart I will have to shop online from the US. I recently got a witty T-shirt...
by barney
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincenzo Maltempo's Liszt Rhapsodies cd
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: Vincenzo Maltempo's Liszt Rhapsodies cd

I can't believe his name. Surely he has thought of changing it.
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

PS, not that my wife ever reads CMG, but I should just put on the record that the choice I made was a very wise one. :D
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Yes, it was Wobisch. Sorry, I thought he was there until 1971. Sue, you don't have to be defensive about Vienna. As I said, I too love the city, and the orchestra. When I went backpacking round the world for a year in 1980-81, I decided I would settle there, but instead I came home and got married. ...
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera

I heard a very young Nezet-Seguin conduct the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra playing Wagner in Wellington 12 years ago. It was obvious even then that he is a really fine conductor.
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 917

Re: New Met Statue

Mind you, the Macy windows aren't exactly to my taste either. :D We have a similar tradition, though probably not as grand, in Melbourne's oldest and biggest department store, interestingly also with four letters, two of which are M and Y - Myer. When my children were very young we would go in to th...
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: spontini opera article
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: spontini opera article

I went to consult my catalogue, and find that the only Spontini I have is four arias from La Vestale by Maria Callas in the 70-CD set from EMI. Probably there's a bit on YouTube. I'd certainly like to hear some.
Thanks for this, Len. I might follow it up.
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jimmy Carter is Never-Trump personified
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Jimmy Carter is Never-Trump personified

Thanks for posting this Joseph. Very interesting. I always thought Carter probably the most decent man to be President in my lifetime, a true Christian who didn't just put it on for show. But I also thought him one of the more ineffectual presidents for the same reason that I would be - he was paral...
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

It all makes for disturbing reading, one way or another. The fact is that the intelligentsia and middle class admired Hitler and facilitated his rise to power; this has been the subject of a couple of documentaries I've seen recently. WF was right in the middle of that demographic. The statements a...
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera

In terms of human politics, you make considerable sense, John. But would you rather the board had acted differently?
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 917

Re: New Met Statue

Good for him. Not so much to my taste.
by barney
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”

Len, from the notes on the stage section of the Beethoven 2020 set, an essay by John Eliot Gardiner. Isolated extracts. Leonore/Fidelio has always been unclassifiable as an opera, criticised for its lack of Mozartian theatrical fluency, yet venerated for its high moral tone and the nobility of its U...
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

And that seems to me an appropriate last word. :)
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”

Thank you, Len - that's a characteristically generous reply. As you can see by the fact that I am posting, the power is back. It's 3.42am here and I can't sleep, a common predicament with age. 8 days would be just awful.
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Any time you maintain your country or people are exceptional, not like others, but better, wiser, more enlightened, that is overt nationalism. Any time you conflate God and your nation - a very common practice by Americans - that is overt nationalism. The idea of American exceptionalism, out and ab...
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Considering that Furtwängler did nothing wrong but continued to live and work in his homeland, all this is surely unwarranted. Many others did so and I don't see any complaints here, for example Carl Orff. We aren't up in arms about him though "Carmina Burana" was one of the most popular pieces in ...
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It takes one to pardon one
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: It takes one to pardon one

:lol:
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: Squalid man's ego exposed again

A woman from Arkansas was on "The Outsiders" program on Sunday; she's written a book about being raped by Bill Clinton in the early 70s. In her book she suggests that HRC came on strongly to her, suggesting that - as a Democratic campaign worker - she should keep quiet about it. As I long ago suspe...
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”

Len, apologies. Our power went out early afternoon and has just been restored. No computer. Or indeed music. A tree fell on a power line in strong winds. Tomorrow I have a medical appointment in the morning, lunch with friends, and Gounod's Faust in the evening. It's looking good for Thursday though...
by barney
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Any time you maintain your country or people are exceptional, not like others, but better, wiser, more enlightened, that is overt nationalism. Any time you conflate God and your nation - a very common practice by Americans - that is overt nationalism.
by barney
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: Squalid man's ego exposed again

Fractured America: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/11/opinions/fractured-states-of-america/part-two-fredrick/ Part 1 also at the link. I think much of this is correct, though the irony of it coming from CNN doesn't escape!! The media is engaged in activism and confirmation bias - the seeds of ...
by barney
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1962

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

To be frank, American worship of their flag (or what they understand it to represent) makes me faintly uncomfortable too. But nothing like the Nazis, obviously. As one with a European heritage, I am suspicious of overt nationalism. But I will take Brian's hint and stop there.
by barney
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”

I didn't get a chance yesterday, Len, and will try to do it this afternoon my time. But if you know and love Fidelio, I'd certainly buy tickets. It will be fascinating to hear the differences. Often we may not know precisely HOW it's different, but our subconscious ears tell us that it is. Everythin...
by barney
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: Squalid man's ego exposed again

Honestly how can anyone take this total buffoon seriously. What a national embarrassment! Barney it's not the only fruit he has trouble with! Regards, Len :lol: White House bafflingly claims Trump actually said 'oringes,' not 'oranges'April 3, 2019 President Trump didn't mistakenly say "oranges" wh...
by barney
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Philharmonic, a Much-Needed Dose of Joy
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: At the Philharmonic, a Much-Needed Dose of Joy

Hrusa is a brilliant young conductor who has guested in Melbourne several times. Many orchestra members hoped he would be the new chief conductor, replacing Sir Andrew Davis, who finishes up next month, but the semi-competent management has dithered over an appointment and Hrusa has now moved beyond...
by barney
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: BEETHOVEN'S “LEONORE” AND “FIDELIO”

I believe the differences are reasonably extensive. Beethoven had a new librettist for Fidelio. The ending is different and, IIRC, there is no prisoners' chorus in Leonore. There's an essay on it in the new Beethoven 2020 set, which I hope to consult for you, Len. :D