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by Belle
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 3318

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Not funny. Too many careers and lives have been ruined. One victim was the American tenor Jerry Hadley, who committed suicide in 2007, a year after he was arrested for attempting to drive while intoxicated. That was a real tragedy with Jerry Hadley; he had a beautiful voice and I was terribly shock...
by Belle
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail
Replies: 4
Views: 1299

Re: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail

A stitch in time saves 9? :mrgreen:
by Belle
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Debunking Domingo

Couldn't be bothered finishing that clip. Two graceless, charmless people, though both quick-witted. Got two thirds through. You are right about hypocrisy. But we have to remember that it's universal and always upsetting, except when it's ourselves. I laughed at Chelsea Handler's way of ridiculing ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail
Replies: 4
Views: 1299

Australian Serial Killer dies in jail

He was one of our absolute worst; the numbers only exceeded by the Port Arthur massacre of 35 by Martin Bryant. However, many people believe there are still victims of Ivan Milat in crimes which remain unsolved: this story is also one of legal system failure. Ivan Milat dead at 74: a psychopath unbu...
by Belle
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Concorde
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

Re: Concorde

Agreed.....except I think another plane that matches in beauty and elegance is the Lockheed SR71, made of titanium painted a very dark blue to cope with heat dispersal and the only plane in which the pilots must wear space suits. . I've been looking out on ebay to see if one comes up at a price I c...
by Belle
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Debunking Domingo

IMHO this is a human problem, not a political one. I find it interesting that a conservative woman is standing up for Domingo, but her politics are irrelevant to the issue. What this IS about, is the current transformation of relations between men and women, where Domingo's "old school" macho behav...
by Belle
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1873

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

Well, that's certainly very true - and thank god for that!! It's a pleasure reading about your musical experiences and it adds to our understanding of interpretation and performance. I agree about the Bach B Minor Mass. When I listen to it on CD I try to make it a musical 'occasion' and give it my f...
by Belle
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1873

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

I like these works to go at a fair click with HIP treatment; it enlivens them for me. I do particularly also like this choral section in " The Messiah ". I love the ostinatos in the continuo under the choral melismas and the overall complex contrapuntal treatment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM0...
by Belle
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1873

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

Your link sounds very like this!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzIJ-Ag0bto
by Belle
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1873

Händel "The Messiah"

Yesterday our music group was treated to an analysis and historical perspective of this well-known and loved work. I must admit it hasn't been a favourite, but there are some magnificent sections, and this is one cherished by me; God is telling the Prophet to comfort the people: https://www.youtube....
by Belle
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Debunking Domingo

I've been thinking about this a bit more overnight. Of course it's NOT acceptable to harass people in the workplace or anywhere else - and that includes bullying. My argument is that women went along with male overtures (shall we say) from powerful men for the longest time, mostly in silence. At som...
by Belle
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 2344

Vale Raymond Leppard

This estimable musician has just died. A wonderful career and fine recordings and conducting are his legacy.
by Belle
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Debunking Domingo

Females threw themselves at Domingo. Young fans pled with his assistants to get their phone numbers into his hands. Wealthy socialites tried to arrange affairs. Singers sought out liaisons. Many of their advances were unwelcome. Does that make his suitors harassers? This kind of female behavior is ...
by Belle
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

Thank you. All recommendations noted and written down!
by Belle
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Bravo, you've nailed it 100%. I use Goodreads for books but still use Amazon Australia for some things - which, as you said, takes longer to get here. My patience (not good at the best of times) is wearing thin. I've even flirted with buying from Gramola in Vienna but the conversion costs are not ea...
by Belle
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"
Replies: 3
Views: 1244

Re: Excerpts from Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill"

I've been listening to interviews with the estimable Ronan Farrow in the last days on this matter. Weinstein is a common criminal and completely without morals or ethics. I hope he goes to the slammer for a long time and learns the art of survival there!! Maybe then he'll then learn how the 'polite ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

I absolutely hear you. Tax on properties in Australia is huge. Not just GST (goods and services taxes) on all purchases, restaurant food, consumables etc., but on housing it's very steep. Just say I bought a house for $500K - and that I'd struggled hard to get a deposit and had to borrow 75% for tha...
by Belle
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

We also paid lots to have our 4 children go through Catholic schools. Out of our own pockets. When our Principal at the state highschool where I taught said he couldn't get the majority of parents to even contribute $50 for a yearly fee my blood boiled - especially when many of them paid for extrava...
by Belle
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Vintage movies, soundtracks and writers
Replies: 0
Views: 1526

Vintage movies, soundtracks and writers

I recently re-watched this excellent noir directed by Michael Curtiz, " Mildred Pierce ". I was completely captivated by this lovely title music by Max Steiner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO8_3cUs0sQ What wonderful writers they had in that golden age; "Mildred Pierce" screenplay was written by ...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

You said: "I hate taxes" - and at my age now, I DO TOO! [/color] School taxes, sales taxes, county taxes … and on and on. It seems to me that those reaching 70 years of age should not have to pay (at least) school taxes, which rise continually - even if you have a "Star" program. I certainly believ...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

I'm too mean (and possibly too skint) ever to buy a new car. I can't bear that you lose about 30% in depreciation the second you drive out the door. My last few cars, since we became older and more comfortable, have been a year old, with most of the depreciation already gone. You only realize the l...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Women aren't toxic, or anything! :lol: MEOOOW!! Democrat Tulsi Gabbard lets rip at Hillary Clinton over Russia remarks It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Tulsi Gabbard on the sidelines of the 2020 presidential race. The Hawaii congresswoman fought back unsparingly after Clinton appeared to call her “the favou...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Lance, A point worth making here is that I buy quite a lot from amazon's third party sellers, and find them very reliable. I've only been stiffed once, by an outfit that sent me the wrong title twice, and I applied for a return/refund and got my money back within a week each time. In fact, I find a...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

I don't buy many CDs because I still get some to review, though far less than even two years go. Lance, Eloquence is still going strong. I just received 8 CDs of all Brahms' orchestral music with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Masur, and 9 CDs of the complete Bruckner symphonies with different conducto...
by Belle
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Yes, I agree. Before one runs out of energy... Yet another person in our music group diagnosed with cancer: they're falling like nine-pins. When you're in the over 60 cohort this is standard-issue livery!! And that's why we're making 'succession' plans for our estate while we are still breathing!! ...
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Sue, cannot understand why you cannot buy from Amazon/USA since they are now charging sales tax to all states (apparently) that have taxes that could work in Australia, I should think. Have you tried Amazon/UK, or Presto Records in England (a fine place with a huge catalogue). It was unfortunate th...
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

Thanks so much for this. I'll check them out and see if they're available on U-Tube as well. It should be noted, and this might help your presentation - might make an effective contrast - The Last Gazebo Dance [1972] - Tarantella- was used again by Corigliano in the 2nd mvt [Tarantella] of his Symp...
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 3416

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Sadly, we have much the same experience here in Australia. Shops like Discurio in Melbourne closed last year after 96 years of business!! I do buy from Amazon and can only use the Australian website because of the consumption tax issues you mention. Ironically, items take longer to get here than fro...
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Well, thank you! I am totally addicted to pianos - can you tell?!? I love talking about them. I suppose one day they will bury me in one unless I gain any more weight. When I was listening to the piano testing in that video from Vienna the first thing I thought of was Beethoven. Wouldn't he have lo...
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

barney wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:11 pm
And I'll third it, if you meant second, Sue. :D
Yes, I did. I find my fingers work faster than my brain these days - and this happens a lot!!
Except when it comes to playing the piano (cough).
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Yes, I agree. Before one runs out of energy... Yet another person in our music group diagnosed with cancer: they're falling like nine-pins. When you're in the over 60 cohort this is standard-issue livery!! And that's why we're making 'succession' plans for our estate while we are still breathing!!
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

John F wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:06 am
OK, I get it. Then if you can only play part of the Corigliano symphony it should be the first movement.
Thanks. I'll listen, but I'm betting you're right about it. :D
by Belle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

John F wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:50 pm
This is great stuff, Lance.
I'll send THAT!!
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

Some good Corigliano works - - Gazebo Dances - 4 short dances, quite readily approachable - 17 mins - Circus Maximus [Sym #3 for large Wind Ensemble] - neat piece, pretty wild - 35mins/8 mvts [Naxos Disc - Jerry Junkin - Univ of Texas WE] - Three Hallucinations [from Altered States] - good stuff, p...
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

You're doing 3-4 programs on Corigliano and you don't have time for all of his most important work? Unbelievable. The symphony runs about 40 minutes, less than Beethoven's 7th, and there's no other music by Corigliano that is more worth hearing than what you'd be leavng out. Play the whole thing un...
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

How terribly interesting to read your own thoughts on these pianos, your experiences and that of other musicians!! I didn't know any of these things until now, only that the Viennese piano is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. :( I couldn't choose between the three pianos myself in that 'audit...
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

Re: John Corigliano

Thanks very much for this. I won't have time to play the whole symphony as I'd want them to experience as many of the works as I can fit into the session. Ergo, which movement of the symphony would you recommend? Think I'll pass on the electric rock opera.
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 3102

John Corigliano

Two of my friends and myself are going to present to our music group " Music of Our Time " in 2020 and I'm thinking of John Corigliano. This will be a three, possibly, four program presentation and I've gone only one of these to present. I've heard Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto - which really impre...
by Belle
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Many thanks, John.
by Belle
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

This is tangentially related: I watched this through Chromecast yesterday and it explores the different sound qualities of three great pianos. There are quite a few such comparisons on U-Tube and I've seen a couple of them but this is the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2GYYV8JSqM Would love ...
by Belle
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 7969

Re: The operas of Handel

While we are posting favourite Handel links, I've always considered this close to perfection: Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis in Let the Bright Seraphim. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUOTq_xGWpE&list=RDOmM8A9dzS9A&index=12 I love Wynton Marsalis and heard him at the 1988 Adelaide Festival, p...
by Belle
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I am very concerned to leave an inheritance.. to spend it all as fast as possible. :mrgreen: Barney don't forget my Metropolitan Opera as you spend that money! Regards, Len [on the run] :lol: You make the joke, but I think giving back to the society is a big part of being retired; whether through v...
by Belle
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

With the rapidly aging population and increased life expectancy one form is recognized as "elder abuse" and it mainly comes from families who want their inheritance and become impatient waiting for it!! I am very concerned to leave an inheritance for my children, a concern I inherited from my fathe...
by Belle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 34669

Re: Toxic Masculinity

In Australia we call them "baby cheeses", but never mind - we weren't talking about food. I was bullied by girls at school from aged 13 because I wouldn't conform to their world views. Because I was interested in classical music, ballet, theatre and films rather than boys, sex, having my hair and na...
by Belle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 7969

Re: The operas of Handel

I absolutely love the foot-tapping up-tempo arias and musical interludes of Handel in those operas. And what always makes me smile is the final cadence with its two last notes after the concluding heavy beat: I'm assuming this is the cadence being divided because it's always a 1 and 2 rhythm. Not se...
by Belle
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Thanks for this! Listening now. "Bach for Kids". Gold!!
by Belle
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Concorde
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

Concorde

Last night we watched a 2 hour documentary on this magnificent aircraft (" Concorde: Designing the Dream - Triumph and Tragedy "). I learned something I didn't know before; that it was a number of factors which led to that disastrous accident in France (the 'swiss cheese effect') - a chain of events...
by Belle
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 7969

Re: The operas of Handel

I do think Handel's operas have splendid melody lines; of course, they're never going to be of the type found in 19th century opera - but they are there nonetheless: What is this if not a sublime melody? It has a through-composed quality despite essentially being a da capo aria: tender, poignant and...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 7969

Re: The operas of Handel

Which clips wouldn't play? I can probably find substitutes that will. The first one, the "Harmonious Blacksmith". The others worked OK this time after a stall (could have been my internet speed!). I have Murray Perahia playing the " Harmonious Blacksmith " in this recording (also Scarlatti). He wra...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 58
Views: 10979

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I've been to a Dalrymple lecture at SOH and read his book " Life at the Bottom ". He is/was a psychiatrist who worked with prisoners and their families in the UK. Also went to a lecture from Niall Ferguson, just before Trump was elected. At that lecture (March, 2016) he said 'people need to understa...