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by Belle
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

Quite right. And good joke. I've probably told the story of meeting up with the widow of SMH music critic Fred Blanks in Augustinerkirche one Sunday when we were there with friends for mass. She heard the four of us talking in the pew behind her and turned around; Fred had died a few months before a...
by Belle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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 ab...
by Belle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

Well, we don't usually agree on anything but I sure do agree with these comments of yours!! Recently I came across "An Affair to Remember" and the scene with Deborah Kerr conducting that multicultural children's choir when they sang " The Tiny Scout " had the flavour of post-war American middle clas...
by Belle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden Green Vault robbery
Replies: 1
Views: 2387

Re: Dresden Green Vault robbery

Yes, this is absolutely dreadful. We've been deeply disturbed about this report and the idea that these priceless jewels may be cut up and sold off piecemeal is a further horror. Just when you think you have social problems you find out how really dreadful human beings can be!! (And for many of us w...
by Belle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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. I can't bring myself to criticize them for that.
by Belle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 4458

Re: Bach and Christmas

Today, this miracle: the Bach B Minor Mass. Netherlands Bach Society, recorded earlier this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FLbiDrn8IE

If we really do inhabit a godless universe, Bach gives us a pretty poor account of it!
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

Captain Cook, when he sailed down the east coast of Australia at the time Mozart was being feted in Europe, observed in his log book fires burning on our continent.
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

The great trap for Koalas is their diet; Eucalyptus gum trees, full of oil and highly flammable during fires!!
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set

It's excellent that they're all there on that site; now, if I could get them to keep playing continuously...
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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. I think, with great re...
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 4606

Re: Squalid man's ego exposed again

To my certain knowledge I was the only teacher at school showing kids how bias operates. And it didn't prevent them from focusing on what was being discussed, but to understand how facts can be manipulated by bias ; a problem which has thrown the media under a bus, resulting in hugely lost cachet an...
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

Not really so far off topic when we talk about Nazis and WF. :D I have to disagree. When people want to protect their so-called privilege it's because they are getting something from it which nobody else is ; 55 million people dying isn't my idea of privilege - not any privilege and under no circums...
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Pianist Lucas Debargue's new Scarlatti sonatas cd set

I've loved this repertoire of Scarlatti since taking hesitant steps to play some of the sonatas on the piano more than 30 years ago (very unsuccessfully). There's a vigour and vitality about these works. I've never really been happy with Horowitz playing them though, as I think his is essentially a ...
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 4458

Re: Bach and Christmas

Apart from a great love of this music I also feel gratitude; enormous gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for - and you just don't see much of this any more in our cultures. :(
by Belle
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4171
Views: 1390252

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

This is a work which has largely passed me by in my musical life, but based on what you've written I'll chase it up. The wonderful Dresden Staatskapelle I have seen twice in Vienna but not with Thielemann - who conducted the Wiener Philharmoniker the 2 or 3 times I've seen him. (I must try and find ...
by Belle
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 4458

Bach and Christmas

It's that time of the year approaching and thoughts are never far from the great master. I'll be listening over some days to the great oratorios and the B Minor Mass. And I'll never stop giving thanks for this composer; what did we human beings do to deserve it all?
by Belle
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 4606

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 Belle
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

As to the modern far right; many of its foot-soldiers have been created by politics moving too far in the opposite direction!! Cause and effect. Politics needs to return to the MIDDLE for it to be effective, democratic and workable. When you see your nation's flag as a symbol of nationalism it's not...
by Belle
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10255

Re: César Franck

I found the Richter strangely 'monochrome' (and it could also be the quality of the recording and piano) but I felt Kissin nicely captured the interplay between the hands. The latter certainly plays around with the tempo a bit, but I think it works and isn't too mannered. Rach3's preferred Fiorentin...
by Belle
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Squalid man's ego exposed again
Replies: 12
Views: 4606

Re: Squalid man's ego exposed again

This is the sort of thing that PM Morrison is cracking down against - and it will affect my son as he attempts to fly home from Canberra after the last parliamentary sittings. (And our PM who was 'nearly as bad as Trump' was voted by the people and held office for 11 or 12 years!): in fact, our Labo...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10255

Re: César Franck

How do you like Kissin in this repertoire?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwLtzhXINBI

Or Richter?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebuYi65VwZY

I think I prefer the Kissin.
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2197

Re: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

The name of this competition struck me as odd; Marguerite Long and Jacues Thibaud were contemporaries, though I don't know how often they played together if at all, but Régine Crespin was born a half-century later. It turns out that the competition was originally run by the Long-Thibaud Foundation ...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2197

Re: Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2019-Piano

Completely agree, Rach3, about the Piano Concerto #1 by Rachmaninov. I grew up with this piece played by Richter. Last week we were at a friend's house for lunch and as we walked in the door I noticed he had playing the Rachmaninov #1. (He would have done this deliberately because I was coming!! :D)...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10255

Re: César Franck

The slow movement of his organ work Grand piece symphonique is one of the most achingly gorgeous things ever written. Thanks for this. Heard that second mov. only, and very nice, my first hearing. I forgot to mention Franck’s Prelude,Fugue and Variation in B minor, Op.18. Originally written for org...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 85703

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Another 'toxic' male and domestic violence? Mother charged with murder after two children found dead in hot car in Logan, south of Brisbane Two children found dead in car may have been 'exposed to extreme heat' Queensland Police say two children found dead in a car south of Brisbane appear to have b...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

I agree with you on many things, but not on this one!! :D
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 13393

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

Why? This wasn't an official Nazi Party function but a free concert for workers in the AEG turbine factory. No doubt the cameras picked out members of the audience who were listening most intently - and how many American factory workers would have attended this kind of concert at all, let alone giv...
by Belle
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10255

Re: César Franck

I've always enjoyed Franck's "Symphony in D" which I regard as no better nor worse than any symphony by Robert Schumann; in some respects it's quite similar to his. Agree about the Sonata and, of course, I love the Quintet. Trying to hear more of his organ music at the moment. This trailer is a very...
by Belle
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10255

César Franck

I've been listening to this masterwork by Franck today and following along with the score: the Piano Quintet in F Minor (no doubt inspired by Brahms?). Franck isn't a composer you often hear in the concert and recital halls and I'm wondering why:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvbtf2IDwN0
by Belle
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1001
Views: 835541

Re: What I listened to today

Carl Tausig, "The Ghost Ship". I just found this on U-Tube and was bowled over by the virtuosity of the piece - in the style of Liszt, naturally enough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuoP2RIqyrs
by Belle
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two interesting piano recitals (plus one)
Replies: 5
Views: 2120

Re: Two interesting piano recitals (plus one)

Wow; thanks for that. I loved the second link; arrangement of the "Four Seasons" of Piazzolla. Hugely enjoyable and I'm passing it on to friends. What IS the quality of this music which gives it the unusual sound? Based on dance rhythms, I guess. Anyway, a virtuoso performance.
by Belle
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

My husband is very soft-hearted and he's been outside in the water restriction hours trying to keep our trees and shrubs alive. The lizards come out and open their mouths for water when he does this, so he's put out a tub of water for the birds and wildlife. No joke, it's horrendous here. The grass ...
by Belle
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 6687

Re: Accidents during performance

These were all awful experiences - some of them potentially life-threatening. That unfortunate pianist having to endure the announcements during his performance - just dreadful!
by Belle
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Chicago Symphony brass
Replies: 8
Views: 3163

Re: The Chicago Symphony brass

It was the older woman sitting next to me in the Musikverein, during interval, who started talking to me about Muti's Beethoven. I hadn't heard much of it before that.
by Belle
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

Code red: Fire hell blows in, torching Victoria and South Australia A mass of hot air that has torn across the country, leaving catastrophe in its wake, hit Victoria and South Australia, toppling temperature records and whipping up flames, smoke and dust with near-cyclonic winds. Victoria was place...
by Belle
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Chicago Symphony brass
Replies: 8
Views: 3163

Re: The Chicago Symphony brass

I've had two experiences of the CSO: one with Solti in 1988 in Adelaide and the other with Muti in 2011 at the Musikverein where I literally sat 3 feet from the first violins (virtually right in that section in the Links Parterre Loge). The orchestra was overwhelming!!! I'll never forget it. But I t...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

It may not always have been done with bullets, but reasonless violence has been around since Cain and Abel. I don't think that Americans are nastier than other people, they just have access to guns. How could a 15-year-old have a gun to go shooting people with. As I've said before, most of the rest...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Chicago Symphony brass
Replies: 8
Views: 3163

Re: The Chicago Symphony brass

As it happens, last Thursday at our music group the presentation was about Trombones. Our presenter is a Trombonist, retired academic, erstwhile bandleader and jazz musician. He adores the 'bones, suggesting they represent the most beautiful sound 'here on earth'!! About 3 or 4 years ago he observed...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 6687

Re: Accidents during performance

Love those "accidents." I have seen a few myself in concert. Fire alarms are among the worst, especially if a live recording is in process. Theater lights have gone out … piano pedals fall off (fortunately, none of my pianos!). Music falling can be another problem especially in outdoor concerts. Pe...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity
Replies: 8
Views: 3734

Re: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity

Bostonians have always been confident about their abilities. In the late 19th century a Bostonian told William Gladstone that Shakespeare was "a great man. Why I doubt if there are six his equal in the whole of Boston!" The New Englanders/New Yorkers copied the English and their aristocratic ways f...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 3677

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

Trust you to be a mine of contrary information!! :lol:
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 3677

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

Any number of classical singers have sung Broadway songs as encores, and sometimes as part of the man program. José van Dam sang "Some enchanted evening";Thomas Quasthoff, "I did it my way." And this is nothing new. Great singers of the past sang ballads etc. in their concerts, and Caruso sang Geor...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 3677

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

I didn't know any of that; thanks for the information. Well, I could never see myself going to hear Bryn Terfel singing a combination of Wagner and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Imagine my shock when my neighbour reported him on the cruise ship!! The ROH posting really nailed the problems.
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Sweetie" with Genevieve Lemon
Replies: 1
Views: 2948

Re: "Sweetie" with Genevieve Lemon

You bet. She's wonderful. Spouse and myself saw her in a play about 3 years ago at the SOH called " Noises Off " (by Michael Frayne) and it's one of the funniest nights I've ever had in the theatre. Genevieve was in top form. The second half of the play is so riotous that you couldn't hear all the g...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Bette Davis Movies on TCM
Replies: 1
Views: 2923

Re: Bette Davis Movies on TCM

You are lucky. We had TCM here and they took it away some time ago without notice. With the raging heat we've been housebound lately and instead of reading I've been Chromecasting films. Today "Tap Roots" with Susan Hayward and (a real fave) Van Heflin. Cheesy, but enjoyable. Boris Karloff played an...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37202

Re: Australian fires

Very thoughtful, thanks. Just had one put out about 1km here from our house this afternoon. Sure to have been deliberately lit. It's terrifying. We are sorry to learn about your ongoing shootings there. What's to be done about this Lance? I refuse to believe there's no answer. I've said to my own ch...
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 6687

Accidents during performance

Just watching this for a bit of amusement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMrXgKbKssw
by Belle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 3677

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

Yes, I took it down because I was worried research on BT (from my neighbour) would turn up my comments on Google. Everything turns up there. Perhaps you can answer the question. Why is he resorting to cruise ship gigs? He is/was due to sing a combination of Wagner and Richard Rodgers at the SOH. Wha...