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by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: At a quarantine hotel in Australia, blood testing devices may have exposed some guests.
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: At a quarantine hotel in Australia, blood testing devices may have exposed some guests.

Just another nail in the coffin of an incompetent government that has let its citizens down very badly and now won't take responsibility for it. It does raise a point about whether quarantine is any longer an effective way of dealing with the virus. I view lock down hotels as vertical, land bound cr...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What’s the worst that could happen?
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: What’s the worst that could happen?

Four years ago the pundits got it wrong. What needs to be considered now is that in times of crisis, people tend to stick with the status quo. The Kiwis have just done this and reelected their current government and I suspect that in my native Queensland the same thing will happen here as well. So d...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wisconsin cheeseheads
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Wisconsin cheeseheads

Data is missing in this report. To give a more definitive picture should the writer have compared testing rates per capita with other states? Also, no mention of mortality rates at all. You’d think that nobody has died but I’m sure that’s not true.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1056

Re: Pianists before 1960

This is the Rudolf Serkin recording to get. This is at Presto. https://d1iiivw74516uk.cloudfront.net/eyJidWNrZXQiOiJwcmVzdG8tY292ZXItaW1hZ2VzIiwia2V5IjoiNzkzMjIyNy4xLmpwZyIsImVkaXRzIjp7InJlc2l6ZSI6eyJ3aWR0aCI6MzAwfSwianBlZyI6eyJxdWFsaXR5Ijo2NX0sInRvRm9ybWF0IjoianBlZyJ9LCJ0aW1lc3RhbXAiOjE0MDE5ODI0OD...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1056

Re: Pianists before 1960

This is the Rudolf Serkin recording to get. This is at Presto. https://d1iiivw74516uk.cloudfront.net/eyJidWNrZXQiOiJwcmVzdG8tY292ZXItaW1hZ2VzIiwia2V5IjoiNzkzMjIyNy4xLmpwZyIsImVkaXRzIjp7InJlc2l6ZSI6eyJ3aWR0aCI6MzAwfSwianBlZyI6eyJxdWFsaXR5Ijo2NX0sInRvRm9ybWF0IjoianBlZyJ9LCJ0aW1lc3RhbXAiOjE0MDE5ODI0ODR9
by Holden Fourth
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly

I remember a Barenboim masterclass on YT where DB was trying to take Bang Bang through the Appassionata. It quickly became apparent that he had no idea of how to play Beethoven. Excessive rubato, blurred phrase lines, overused dynamic changes make for a MOTR musician for me. What this thread has don...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1056

Re: Pianists before 1960

A few more (from my CD Collection and downloads). Lili Kraus - Mozart PS Adrian Aeschbacher Stefan Askenase - Chopin Ania Dorfmann Jean-Marie Darre - Saint-Seans PCs Ignaz Friedman - a must hear! Percy Grainger Maryla Jonas Eileen Joyce Raoul Koczalski Josef Lhevinne Marcelle Meyer Guiomar Novaes Ru...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1056

Re: Pianists before 1960

Cortot Chopin, Schumann
Fischer Edwin
Renard
Ashkenazy - Chopin Etudes in Moscow
Mewton-Wood
Hess anything
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Right-wing mag says US needs Biden
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: Right-wing mag says US needs Biden

On air debates - nothing but political soap operas that the networks can make money from. It's like listening to parliament with less people.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: New BIS releases

I have the Grumiaux/Haskil - it's a great recording of the LvB VS and is on one of the USBs that I play in my car. I haven't been aware of the supposedly recessed piano so I might go back and listen to see if it's really an issue. One other set recommended to me which I've never heard is Francescatt...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 564

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

I like the Richter/Wislocki recording of the Rach #1 but never listen to the Tchaik #1 on the same CD. That honour goes to the Gilels/Reiner. Reiner, at least, knew how to be an accompanist as opposed to HvK who always wanted everything his own way. The HvK recording of the LvB Triple concerto with ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

I have both, being fortunate enough to own the 142CD box. Of the two I'd go for the 1946 version though both are similar. The '46 is faster in the first movement and the '76 has a feeling of happy introspection about it. Of the two I prefer the '46. Rubinstein and Richter both managed to get a rhyth...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems need to wake up
Replies: 27
Views: 1513

Re: Dems need to wake up

Belle, I agree about the border closures. We have to proactively learn to live with Covid19 as opposed to being continually reactive. The media in this sense is a disgrace (sorry Barney). Rising infection cases make much better news than (apart from Vic) mortality rates because the latter is ludicro...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems need to wake up
Replies: 27
Views: 1513

Re: Dems need to wake up

The Electoral College idea has always seemed bizarre to me and the previous election showed this to be a fact. Here in Australia we are overgoverned with four separate levels for a mere 25 million people. The current bickering among the States over Covid19 borders is just one example. Our Premier he...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

I've always had the idea of rating the top performances I own of all 32 of the PS that I own. As well as about 10 full sets, I also have many stand alone recordings. To do this I would have to go back and listen to them all again. There are a number of them that I would probably dismiss after a few ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I have finally ripped all the CDs (apart from the dodgy ones) in the 'composers' section of my CD collection. Now I move on to pianists/violinists/conductors/chamber ensembles/etc. I reckon I've already ripped about 40% or maybe more of my collection so I am well ahead of the play. Using FLAC Level ...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cyprien Katsaris Beethoven Chronological Odyssey
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Cyprien Katsaris Beethoven Chronological Odyssey

I love his Beethoven-Liszt Symphonies.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11594

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

My introduction to Bruckner was a fortunate one - the Bruno Walter recording of the 9th. It was the Scherzo that initially grabbed me and I worked outwards from there. I also have an excellent Giulini recording. Next was the 4th and again I lucked in. Eugen Jochum's recording made it very easy liste...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Another 20 discs and I'll have completed the 'K's. I agree about the 'S's with all the Schubert and Schumann I own. When I come to instrumentalists the 'Richter' section alone will be a mammoth task. I also own almost all of what Fiorentino recorded. I'll finish up with the smaller box sets, mostly ...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

mikealdren wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:35 pm
Yes it was a lot of work but I started quite a few years ago when I had fewer disks!

Another benefit is that I rediscovered many disks I had forgotten.
Something I'm discovering now.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Based on your description I've now gotr a clear idea of what you've got and how it connects I go back to work tomorrow so my digital transfers will slow down. One plus is that I've just finished the 'B's. Now while that might not sound like much progress when I consider how much Bach and Beethoven I...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

So how is life in lock down? If this is the 'second wave' we now know how to prevent it. We've gone hardass here in QLD and locked out everybody apart from those who live in the border 'bubble'. If you're from NSW or VIC you aren't getting in! If you're a returning QLDer the only way you're coming i...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

Thank you for asking. The surgery went very well and the healing process has been quite remarkable. I go back to work on Monday with some restrictions for a month that won't really affect my job. I just have to think abut what I am doing with my right hand. I have a set of exercise to try and restor...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus Down Under
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Virus Down Under

The issue for me Barney is overgovernance and all the issues that go with it. We are unique in Australia in having four levels of governance - Local, State, Federal and the Upper House (Senate). The UK almost three times our population and doesn't have anything that equates to our state govts. It wo...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Virus Down Under
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Virus Down Under

Describing the Vic Premier's blunder as spectacular doesn't go far enough - I would say criminal! Vic is a highly unionised state compared to the rest of the country. Combine that with a Labor government that relies heavily on the unions to get elected and the capacity for corruption and coercion is...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

OK, I've struck a problem. When I first plugged in my LaCie HDD it gave me a choice of all Windows, All Mac or a combination. Without really thinking it through I chose all Mac. Now I want to put the AR collection onto an NTFS formatted USB by simpling copying across using a 3.1 USB. FAT32 will only...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Record Review-Five Rachmaninoff works
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: BBC Record Review-Five Rachmaninoff works

Richter ruined every other pianists interpretations of the Preludes and Etudes for me - even Moisewitsch. I also find it hard to go past his PC #2.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Brian, the AR box was a must have when it came out as I've always enjoyed Rubinstein's music making. On top of that it cost me less than $AUS140 making it the absolute bargain of all time. Now you've got the Richter Black Box which I would dearly love to have but it was out of my price range. Even n...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I have approximately 1700 - 1900 CDs sitting on my shelves. A few years ago I decided to rip them to a 1Tb HDD but unfortunately chose the wrong media. As a result my CDs are all encoded in MP3 ranging from 128kbps to 356kbps. It's a mess! The program I used, Audiograbber, wasn't all that great. I c...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia: elite gymnasts speak out about their 'toxic' coaches.
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: Australia: elite gymnasts speak out about their 'toxic' coaches.

I was involved in coaching gymnastics in my 20s and saw many things that made me eventually decide to walk away from this sport. One of the reasons was what I call the "Toughen up Princess" approach to any gymnast who said that they were hurting or injured. The end result was usually a long term inj...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

I'm a pianist (or at least I was thanks to cubital tunnel syndrome - I have surgery on Wednesday). I am also a Beethoven fanatic. I've played most of the sonatas (probably poorly) but loved trying to perform them. My first exposure to them was a Kempff mono LP of 8/14/23. It inspired me to learn Op ...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 41
Views: 2465

Re: Beethoven's 32

I like quite a lot of what I've heard of Levit's playing of the LvB sonatas but like all sets, there are areas where what he tries doesn't work. The first movement speed in the Waldstein tends to get away from him being one example. I've decided to take the article's author at his word and am sampli...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: US and Australia, so little in common?
Replies: 14
Views: 1043

Re: US and Australia, so little in common?

Thanks for your concern, Len. Yes, here it is nearly 9am, and I have walked the dogs and had my first coffee, and am now back in the house where I will be staying. It is day one of a six-week lockdown, which is going to be tough on everyone. There's no doubt, as Holden Fourth pointed out, that our ...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Primephonic
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: Primephonic

How does Amazon Prime compare with Spotify?
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Falsely Claims ‘99 Percent’ of Virus Cases Are ‘Totally Harmless’
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Trump Falsely Claims ‘99 Percent’ of Virus Cases Are ‘Totally Harmless’

130,000 deaths vs a population of 337,000,000? That's .04 of a percent which makes Trump's statement accurate regarding mortality rate. Totally harmless is not the best phrase but he's got a point. As a comparison (because I don't know) I wonder what the traffic fatality rate is over the same period...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Re: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

I'll be rhetorical here. I asked the question and will also answer it. The initial world response to Covid19 was to run away from it by locking everything down based on quite spurious evidence at the time. I'm sure that this will be borne out in hindsight. The problem is that we can't continue to do...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Re: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

... best wishes to all our US CMGers. Thanks.Take care yourself as well, as the virus seems again a problem in Australia, at least Melbourne ? Yes, it is flaring up again. Still only 20 dead in a state of six million and only a few dozen in hospital, and less than 10 in intensive care, so I don't w...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Re: Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

Great article, thanks for posting Len. I am going to get the Levit cycle. I want the Lewis too, but can't really justify both, and Lewis belongs more to the traditional approach. He has been to Australia many times, and I have a lot of Beethoven (and Schubert)from him, always glorious. Because, as ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYS universities to open by August 26, 2020 ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: NYS universities to open by August 26, 2020 ...

An important question that hasn't been addressed - mortality rate by demographic with age and comorbidity as a factor. From my perspective, if you were going to totally unlock all the retirement communities then mortality would most probably be a factor. Using my go to data guide - worldometer which...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

I've never heard this piece so here goes.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project

I haven't got any modern recordings of the LvB PCs being very happy with the Perahia/Haitink set and individual performances by R Serkin, Gilels, Brendel et al.

I remember Jayson Gillham from his performances in the Chopin competition including a stunning set of Etudes.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Join us in cold war: Senator to Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: Join us in cold war: Senator to Australia

My perspective as an Australian is not to have a cold war with China because that would be pointless. What we need to do is see that we've put nearly all our eggs in one basket and urgently seek new baskets to slowly remove the grip that China has on our economy. It will take time but it is doable w...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 9
Views: 1749

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

Many happy returns Lance. I hope your birthday celebrations are great and that you have many more of them.
by Holden Fourth
Mon May 11, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Polling shows 27% strongly approve of Trump and 42% have a strongly unfavorable view
Replies: 27
Views: 5246

Re: Polling shows 27% strongly approve of Trump and 42% have a strongly unfavorable view

It's the missing 31%, who the pollsters weren't interested in polling, that caught the Democrats with their pants down. Take these polls with a grain of salt.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 09, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Sokolov cd set
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: New Sokolov cd set

It’s already on Spotify
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 09, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90
Replies: 9
Views: 2321

Re: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90

One of the most beautiful and moving duets I've ever heard was Elias and Pryce singing the Recordare from Fritz Reiner's very accomplished Verdi Requiem. I'm just about to look it up now on my external HD.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 09, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia ticked off by U.S. pushing unproven Wuhan lab COVID-19 theory
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Australia ticked off by U.S. pushing unproven Wuhan lab COVID-19 theory

What we want is China to come clean about their reluctance to share their Covid19 problems with the rest of the world. I heard today that they are going to start the process through the WHO. Given that organisation's current track record we should keep pushing by ourselves. Dodgy conspiracy theories...
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 07, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: USA TODAY: What Republicans don't get: Donald Trump is our biggest obstacle to coronavirus recovery
Replies: 16
Views: 3773

Re: USA TODAY: What Republicans don't get: Donald Trump is our biggest obstacle to coronavirus recovery

"Two epidemiologists estimated that 90% of U.S. deaths in the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic might have been prevented if social distancing policies had gone into effect March 2, instead of March 16. Estimated??? - pure speculation and probably BS. Have they published peer reviewed facts and f...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former neighbor of Biden accuser confirms she was told of an incident in the 1990s
Replies: 25
Views: 5802

Re: Former neighbor of Biden accuser confirms she was told of an incident in the 1990s

You're missing the point. It's not about Biden for the Right. It's about the media. Media bias and its impact on the political process and perceptions of millions of Americans is up there with the most important issues for us (and again, I suspect it would be for the Left if the media situation wer...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: China threatens Aussie boycott over call for investigation
Replies: 3
Views: 2030

Re: China threatens Aussie boycott over call for investigation

China is currently a four letter word in Australia. One thing we have been reminded of by this pandemic is the origin of our annual flu season.