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by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

My issue with much of the modern approach to playing Chopin is the overuse of rubato and there are some recordings by feted pianists I can't listen to. This is why Arthur Rubinstein is probably my all time favourite Chopin interpreter. He simply plays the music as it is set out on the page yet at t...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

My issue with much of the modern approach to playing Chopin is the overuse of rubato and there are some recordings by feted pianists I can't listen to. This is why Arthur Rubinstein is probably my all time favourite Chopin interpreter. He simply plays the music as it is set out on the page yet at th...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Holden Forth: Did you even read my long post above from yesterday? From the content of your subsequent replies here, it would appear not. You state that you "don't care" what Trump does. Well, every citizen of the world who cares about the well-being of us all does care, as demonstrated by the atte...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Hello Barney Please understand that my points are directed to those who originally chose to use proto-facism and not you. You haven't published anything using that. I say that because I believe you are 'old school' and stand by what you write. From my perspective there is nothing wrong with 'old sch...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

I don't think I've made myself very clear. I'm not saying if Trump is a proto-fascist or not because I simply don't care. The point I'm trying to make is about the invention of nouns to try and describe one particular thing or person. The same goes for processes hence my 'Nazi' references. Proto-fas...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

Deplorables? Another new word for the dictionary? Does 'sour grapes' accompany it Hilary?

My worry is the arrogance and demeanour of the word.

Defund - are we talking about taking money away from current projects or is this something to do with defunding the police?
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

I just love the "throw off" labels. Proto Fascist! WTF? Let's go back to the 1930s and compare this trend with Nazi propoganda. Phrases like 'lebensraum', Endlösung (final solution), entartet (degenerated art). Will 'Trumpian' become an new Oxford dictionary word? As Belle hinted at, much of this is...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1068

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

The cancel culture folks would not bear any serious scrutiny if they were brave enough to identify themselves. A recent BLM protest here in Qld was largely organised by left wing privileged white groups. Out of all of them there was only one indigenous group involved. To me, they have serious legiti...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 1519

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

......as I said in a post on another thread - go ahead, keep him in the news, it's exactly what he wants.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 732

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Holden Fourth wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:53 pm
My understanding is that Britain’s NHS is even better than our Medicare. It was also one of the factors in the Brits voting to leave the EU as they perceived that the system was being overrun by people from EU countries. Whether this was true or just campaign scare mongering I don’t know.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 732

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

My understanding is that Britain’s NHS is even better than our Medicare. It was also one of thefactors in the Brits voting to leave the EU as they perceived that the system was being overrunby people from EU countries. Whether this was true or just campaign scare mongering I don’t know.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 732

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 proporti...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 732

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 A...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remote school is leaving children sad and angry
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Remote school is leaving children sad and angry

All schools in Qld totally closed in March because of the pandemic, apart from the children of 'essential' workers. We decided to class 'essential' as any parents who needed to go to work regardless of occupation. All learning was online even for those students who turned up. We were very pleased th...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remote school is leaving children sad and angry
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Remote school is leaving children sad and angry

As a teacher who went through the remote learning process with my students I can't understand why schools are closed. I'll add more detailed comment tomorrow.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: The case for prosecuting Trump

He’s not going to become history while everyone keeps talking about him. To the contrary, he’s not going to become history unless everyone keeps talking about him. Trump the egotist will absolutely love the fact that people are still talking about him well after the election is over and so will his...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff - 80-CD set forthcoming on DGG
Replies: 10
Views: 781

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

Is there a contents list available anywhere? I might be interested as I only have his mono sonatas and a few miscellaneous CDs. Some of what I would expect in this collection is his: Schubert sonatas Schumann Brahms (some of which I've already got) Chopin (surprisingly good) Liszt (another surprise)...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

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 Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'
Replies: 4
Views: 359

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. It will have to get TGA approval so that may not be an issue. I’ll take it, not for me but for anyeffect on others. Also, if I want to fly internationally it will probably be ...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The case for prosecuting Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: The case for prosecuting Trump

Nixon - Watergate, he wasn't prosecuted.

GW Bush - Non- existent WMDs resulting in a war that killed thousands of civilians and he wasn't prosecuted.

The precedent is there.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 571

Re: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!

Great to see you back Harris.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?

45% of the population with comorbidities is mind boggling. Is this lifestyle related? And the fact that a patient's heart muscle damage might be wrongly attributed to covid does not alter the fact that many who actually die from covid, especially those who die at home or in a nursing facility, are l...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?

Interesting article and thank you for posting it. Reading through it still gives the impression that it's the elderly and those with comorbidities who are the 'long haulers' so the points made in the article may not be anywhere as bad as the title of the article might suggest. Older people and peopl...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: The Children Never Had the Coronavirus. So Why Did They Have Antibodies?

Here in Australia we worked out very quickly that children were not being infected/affected so we reopened our schools much sooner than 'conventional wisdom' would have deemed wise. It was a decision that proved to be correct. The UK has picked up on this as well and despite the 'second wave' are ke...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Today's Covid-19 Testing: Wyoming, 91%, Iowa 51%!
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Today's Covid-19 Testing: Wyoming, 91%, Iowa 51%!

US deaths by percentage of population is 0.07% Australian deaths by percentage of population is .003% The percentages make far more statistical sense than aggregate figures. When expressed this way you can get a sense of perspective. What would also help with the stats is to look at who has died in ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Today's Covid-19 Testing: Wyoming, 91%, Iowa 51%!
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Today's Covid-19 Testing: Wyoming, 91%, Iowa 51%!

Wyoming: 90.6 percent positive New daily cases: 1,260 Tests per 1,000: 1.4 South Dakota: 56.3 New daily cases: 1,006 Tests per 1,000: 2.9 Iowa: 51 New daily cases: 3,601 Tests per 1,000: 2.1 https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/states-ranked-by-covid-19-test-positivity-rates-july-14....
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After Trump Leaves the White House, Should he be Prosecuted for his Crimes?
Replies: 15
Views: 568

Re: After Trump Leaves the White House, Should he be Prosecuted for his Crimes?

I've never been more concerned in my life about the direction of democracy, particularly in the USA, since Big Tech is now going to be firmly ensconced in the WH and the people WILL be re-educated into the 'better' morals and values of the bien pensant and the elite. https://www.spiked-online.com/2...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After Trump Leaves the White House, Should he be Prosecuted for his Crimes?
Replies: 15
Views: 568

Re: After Trump Leaves the White House, Should he be Prosecuted for his Crimes?

The precedent has already been set - was Nixon punished for his crimes?

So nothing will happen unless the Democrats want to keep Trump on the front pages. That would be a very stupid thing for them to do.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Only Truth Can Save Our Democracy
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Only Truth Can Save Our Democracy

I'm happy to read what is published on CMG as it's people's opinions. They are entitled to them. We also have the right to disagree with them provided we target the opinion and not the person. What I've grown heartily sick of is the hate, vitriol and very biased reporting that I've seen develop in t...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Only Truth Can Save Our Democracy
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Only Truth Can Save Our Democracy

Another Eleventh commandment could be “One must view things with both eyes”. To blame Trump solely for the mendacity that has engulfed US politics, spurred on by both sides of the media, shows how good the correspondent is at lying to himself. Simply put, another piece of ‘hate media’ from another i...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump's plan to use Insurrection Act
Replies: 19
Views: 760

Re: Trump's plan to use Insurrection Act

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:57 pm
Pure fancy. Ain’t gonna happen.
Agreed - it's speculation city.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Will They Write About Now?
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: Who Will They Write About Now?

......of course

I thought I had put it in the Corner Pub. Mods, please feel free to move it.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Will They Write About Now?
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: Who Will They Write About Now?

Point taken but these ‘birther’ theories began in 2008. What I read says that Trump opportunistically jumped on the bandwagon at a later stage.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Will They Write About Now?
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: Who Will They Write About Now?

I wonder how many of them will eventually look longingly back to the good old days when POTUS bashing, an American blood sport, reached its zenith... In some ways it started when Obama was elected with spurious and unfounded media allegations that he wasn’t entitled to be POTUS as he wasn’t a citiz...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Will They Write About Now?
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Who Will They Write About Now?

So Trump has gone. Apart from the usual post election rumblings, he will gradually fade from the “newsworthy” stakes. This, of course, is a disaster for the right wing and centrist press. In a stroke, the main source of their vitriol is fading away never to return. I wonder how many of them will eve...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 1058

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

You may want to see what this link has to say! https://slippedisc.com/2020/03/sorting-out-serious-contenders-in-the-hammerklavier/ This points out a couple of serious omissions from the BBC program. Solomon, who I’ve already mentioned and Gilels. How they could be left out is beyond me. Lance, I ha...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 1058

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

This is a Sonata that polarises opinions in many ways. Tempo is just one along with other interpretative choices. Having played the work (not well as parts of it are very hard) and having listened to many recordings a certain style has evolved for me. First movement tempo is not that important,. Ric...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax

The one thing I am sure of is that I am not a fan of extreme views. Again, it’s how far I lean towards the outer fringes I’m not sure about.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax

It's interesting that our resident right-wingers, Belle and Holden Fourth, in attacking the media still don't try to defend Trump. Even they recognise that he is indefensible. And now, as it seems he might go down, he's flailing and lying and destroying democracy with his claim that he won but for ...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia reports no new cases for the first time in nearly five months.
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Australia reports no new cases for the first time in nearly five months.

....and those criticisms are well justified. Very few of the policies she promised when previously elected have been carried out. My belief is if that it wasn't for Covid19, she would now be the leader of the opposition.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: The War on Truth Reaches Its Climax

I'm pleased Mr Krugman describes himself as an Opinion Columnist as he himself continues the 'war on truth'. I have no views on what he's talking about, (I personally don't give a excrement about anything Trump does) but this type of specious drivel is a good example of what the media have become.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia reports no new cases for the first time in nearly five months.
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Australia reports no new cases for the first time in nearly five months.

QLD is still off limits to residents of greater Sydney which doesn't really make sense as they can travel anywhere within the state. Much to my surprise, WA will be reopening its borders to all Australians on November 14 (NSW and Vic excepted). From what itinerant friends have told me, internal trav...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert

I've always liked your late Beethoven Donald. Your playing of the slow movements reminds me of the approach that Schnabel took - an approach that I think is perfect for LvB.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Melbourne crushes infection curve but with huge economic cost
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: Melbourne crushes infection curve but with huge economic cost

The "lock down the people" approach is no longer viable in a world that has to realise that Covid19 is not going away. We need to look at how the likes of South Korea have handled it.
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: 617

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: 450

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: 276

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: 1677

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: 1677

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: 7
Views: 903

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...