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by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

I was four when the '50s ended. But, of course, growing up in New Zealand they probably extended well into the '60s. :D The few memories I have are personal rather than societal. I've quoted elsewhere the amazing statistics from Bill Bryson's autobiography about American wealth relative to the rest ...
by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How prices DO change!
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: How prices DO change!

I have that second complete Rubinstein set, in red trimmed with white. I paid $A140 (these days only $US84) to get it from Amazon Germany, from memory. A wise investment, apparently in every way. :D I paid the same price Barney and am very glad to have the set. I think it worked out to less than $1...
by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

Well-done, Len! Some strikingly beautiful pictures there! When I was a lad of 14, a young robin fell out of her nest and broke her left wing in our back yard. It was the end of the summer, and so I adopted her and brought her into my bedroom for safekeeping (we had a house full of cats: my mother r...
by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:12 am
barney wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:06 am
OK, that's as laboured a pun as even I have ever made, probably.
What can I say-I enjoyed it! Regards, Len :lol:
Thanks Len. I fear it's just your generous nature. :D
by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

Didn't some pop singer sing that, "birds just wanna have fun". Or was it girls? In my younger days, same thing.

OK, that's as laboured a pun as even I have ever made, probably.
by barney
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Nice Opera Happenings
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Two Nice Opera Happenings

Len, I saw that production in my youth at the Paris Opera, which had it on loan. I had a restricted viewing seat (all I could afford), but with the daring of youth hung out from a pillar up in the gods so I could see better. Magnificent opera and production. Certainly would not dare that now; on the...
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henningmusick
Replies: 552
Views: 228025

Re: Henningmusick

Congratulations! What an achievement.
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

Is nobody else impressed but me? Surely that can't be the case...
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

Universal in Australia told me it is being released only as a digital download in this country. I haven't had a reply to an email asking about the US.
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Good answer, but nevertheless that's what I think is happening. Mom and apple pie and the American way of life. The past is increasingly a mythical place.
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

A fantastic collection, Len. You're a fine landlord! But you need to teach them the rules about quarantine, including rationing. :D
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

It seems to me, as an outsider, that the last time there was an identifiable American way of life was the 1950s, and it was built on material aspirations. But it brought with it an optimism and a can-do attitude that were bracing and powerful, especially in contrast to the post-war ruins of Europe. ...
by barney
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How prices DO change!
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: How prices DO change!

I have that second complete Rubinstein set, in red trimmed with white. I paid $A140 (these days only $US84) to get it from Amazon Germany, from memory. A wise investment, apparently in every way. :D
by barney
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird Song Opera
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: Bird Song Opera

Len, this is one of the most delightful things I've seen in ages. I've spread the joy round my family and friends. Many thanks for posting it. It made my day.
by barney
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How prices DO change!
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: How prices DO change!

You're right, Lance. It's like the stock market, and not realising a loss until you actually sell. We've made a handsome profit, but we'll never realise it because we'll never sell.

One question though - does anyone actually pay those prices, or are they just imaginary?
by barney
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

DG mentioned it in their monthly newsletter, so it must be soon, but I didn't pay attention to the release date, sorry.
by barney
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How prices DO change!
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: How prices DO change!

Wow, Lance. Maybe time for me to sell? :)
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

PS, she was a very gifted pianist, who won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in the 1950s, but once she had children retired to teaching.
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

My mother was in a different country, New Zealand. We asked her to live with us, as did my sister with her, but her life and friends were there. My sister was with her at the end, and warned me to come fast. I flew in the next morning, but she died as my plane was landing. Like you two, another near...
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father

Wow, good thing you're not angry! :D I wouldn't like to see you get passionate. Can I just note that Marsalis may not have had Trump in mind. It's a reasonable interpretation but not a necessary one, because the context is his dad. Second, I'm not the enemy. We've often agreed on this forum, and I s...
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

All true, and all very worrying.
It's often said that civil liberties are hard-won and easily lost.
by barney
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Everything PAGANINI - first time on CD!
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Everything PAGANINI - first time on CD!

It looks excellent, Lance. Great range of historical recordings, and of course I know Accardo.
Find the list of performances here:
https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/p ... te-edition

Most of the others are unknown to me - what are the performances like?
by barney
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting timely article by pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Interesting timely article by pianist Stephen Hough

What a lovely writer Stephen Hough is, along with being one of the greatest pianists of this generation. I have to say, I feel a bit as he does, somewhat liberated by the collapse of commitments, but that's because I have enough money to survive, mostly thanks to being older. It's obviously utterly ...
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Festival cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Bayreuth Festival cancelled

THEHORN wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Oh weh ! Beckmesser's revenge !
:lol:
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic

Also, Brian, her comment about being happy to be able to play badly! :D
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some wonderful recordings from Nikolai Lugansky!
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Some wonderful recordings from Nikolai Lugansky!

I had the good fortune to hear him live in Prague last year, where he did a sumptuous Beethoven 4. Wonderful pianist, and the Czech Philharmonic are no slouches either.
by barney
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Of course, Len. When I said I can see both sides, I mean the question of wanting staff who reflect the organisation's values. When it comes to treating all patients alike, that is a core value that should be beyond question, and I read this as being the Mayor's concern.
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not the United States: China's out to trump the 'Chinese virus' tag
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Not the United States: China's out to trump the 'Chinese virus' tag

What a vile government China has. Their typical bullying and intimidation of their own citizens made the worldwide crisis vastly worse. I hope no one is fooled by this.
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Wynton Marsalis pays a moving tribute to his father

A very interesting sentiment, Sue. But I can't help feeling that someone without a pugilistic ignorance might have got the US much better prepared and saved thousands and thousands of lives. Someone who listened to advice, who didn't react totally out of his grandiloquent ego, who didn't deny until ...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

I can see both sides of this one. It's reasonable for a Christian organisation to wish for its staff not to speak against its values. But there are plenty of LGBT Christians who share the founding principles, and should be entitled to be employed. I'm not sure if they are or not. But to have to hire...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

But if you are a Christian and concerned about moral principles, as your post implies, how can you overlook how grotesque this man is, and how divisive? It's his own version of woke politics, and very destructive. Barney and talking about religion I just learned about this-afaiac this is religion a...
by barney
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: ‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic

That's fascinating. Thanks for posting Lenny. I never heard of the violinist who has commissioned 16 pieces and is paying $500 per 30 seconds. If each work is 10 minutes, that's$20,000 per work and $320,000 for the project. She must have pots of money, but it's a tremendously generous project. I als...
by barney
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

The people on my side of the political divide have been calling out the lack of moral standards in the country for years. For years, I cared about foreign policy more than anything else when it came to choosing candidates and a party. But that has changed in recent years. What's happened to the cul...
by barney
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Re: Trump damages national soul

Yes, our nation's soul has been damaged for a long time, and it's didn't happen because of Trump. I'm sure you are right, Barry. But he's made it a heck of a lot sicker, for the reasons outlined above. Really, he never matured above the toddler stage. All he wants is praise and gratitude, every iss...
by barney
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 65
Views: 1493

Trump damages national soul

For me, this article nails it. Why Donald Trump is a threat to the United States’ spiritual well-being John J. Thatamanil Posted Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12:24pm Many Americans are beginning to realise that President Donald Trump poses a grave threat to public health and well-being. Thankfully, public healt...
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo out of hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Domingo out of hospital

Excellent news. 79, isn't he? Right in the most dangerous group.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fatal LA choir practice
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: Fatal LA choir practice

Good article. Thanks for posting.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled

Sad but inevitable.
by barney
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Thank you. Fine looking group of people.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: More of John W. Francis

I'm half way through,but have to stop for now. Really fascinating stuff. Thanks again.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained

He's the village idiot who reached rock bottom, then started to dig. Every week he finds a new low.
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained

It staggers me that there are people who defend Trump on this and say he is doing a good job. It can only be because of partisan politics. But the criticism is not partisan, it is because so many Americans are going to die who need not have. Neither Democrat nor Republican should think that's a good...
by barney
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Who are the people in those pix, besides Lance? It's always nice to put faces to names. :D
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Domingo in hospital

Indeed, I join you in that hope. Obviously took a turn for the worse.
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Trump tweets GM: reopen your Lordstown, Ohio plant now and make ventilators FAST!!!!!!

Trump has one certainty in life: he's a genius, and nothing is ever his fault. If anything, it's our fault for failing to recognise how amazingly brilliant he is. No wonder he is flailing around blaming everyone else. What staggers the watching world is how many Americans fall for it. Sorry that's t...
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 19
Views: 1111

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

It's certainly passed into musical folk lore. I see no reason to doubt it.
In the film, which I enjoyed greatly sort of against my will, the concert is the night Stalin dies. Which is also, famously, the night Prokofiev dies.
by barney
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: More of John W. Francis

Thank you Kjell. I would love to watch this. Alas, your link is not live. Can you have another go?
by barney
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: WAPO: Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

Thanks for posting that, Barry. It does seem to match the facts better - at least, so far. And Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world, so you'd expect that if anywhere was going to have casualties at that rate it would be Italy.
by barney
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie Mutter has coronavirus
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Anne Sophie Mutter has coronavirus

I interviewed her once. She was among the most sweet, helpful and open musicians I have dealt with. I really hope it is as smooth for her as possible.