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by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jerome Rose - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Jerome Rose - IKIF

Jerome Rose - IKIF 21st International Keyboard Institute and Festival Merkin Hall July 14th, 2019 Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61 Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5 Pianist Jerome Rose founded the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old

When your student asks how old you are, you reply "100" and they seem to believe it.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Artur Balsam
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Pianist Artur Balsam

A terrific pianist and an amazing sight reader! I studied chamber music with him for several years at Manhattan School of Music and at the Kneisel Hall (Maine) Music Festival, and heard him play many times.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

Re: Pavarotti Film

Needless to say I also enjoyed seeing my CMG friends while having a fine lunch, and look forward to the time!
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 17086

Re: Summer meet-up

Very sorry we will not see you tomorrow, Hank. Hope your wife will make a quick recovery!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 17086

Re: Summer meet-up

Looking forward!
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Happy Birthday, Lance!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our good friend and host, Lance, G. Hill!
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists Katherine Bacon and Jane Carlson
Replies: 2
Views: 1650

Re: Pianists Katherine Bacon and Jane Carlson

Katherine Bacon also played all the Schubert sonatas in New York in 1928 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Schubert's death. My friend, Elizabeth Thode Hoard (1907-2011) said she heard all heard all of these recitals. (On April 19th, 2007 I posted a tribute to Ms. Hoard on CMG for her hundredth b...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Carl Friedberg redux
Replies: 6
Views: 2568

Re: Pianist Carl Friedberg redux

Yes, I know of it, and keep meaning to hear it................!

Hope to listen to the recital you posted this evening!
by Donald Isler
Fri May 31, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Carl Friedberg redux
Replies: 6
Views: 2568

Re: Pianist Carl Friedberg redux

That's a great find, Rach3! I must make time to listen to these Friedberg performances later!

If you go to Google and put into the search function window "Carl Friedberg's Lesson To Bruce Hungerford" you can listen to excerpts of these lessons, made around the same time, on works of Brahms.
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 3321

Re: Starting times for concerts

I remember that when I was growing up the starting time for concerts in New York was often 8:30 PM.
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 17086

Re: Summer meet-up

Pomodoro Rosso, where we met last time, was very pleasant and accommodating, plus we had our own room, and the food was good. I'd be happy to go back there.
by Donald Isler
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Nissan 5779
Replies: 0
Views: 3175

10 Nissan 5779

Wishing a good Pesach to all who celebrate it, and a good Easter to everyone else!
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 17086

Re: Summer meet-up

I will be at a high school reunion in NY on Saturday, the 8th, so am not available then. Otherwise, I may be available and interested.
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation
Replies: 7
Views: 4237

Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation

Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation Terrance McKnight, Host Merkin Hall, New York City April 6th, 2019 Scarlatti: Two Sonatas Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI/48 Liszt: En Rêve Liszt: Concert Etude No. 3 "Un Sospiro" Chopin: Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 Chopin: Etude in C-Sharp Min...
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beth Levin and Reed Tetzloff, Pianists
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

Beth Levin and Reed Tetzloff, Pianists

Beth Levin and Reed Tetzloff, Pianists The Greenwich Arts Center Greenwich, Connecticut March 16th, 2019 Handel: Keyboard Suite in D Minor, HWV 428 Beethoven: Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier") iii: Adagio sostenuto Ms. Levin Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940 M...
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Reposting a 2008 Article
Replies: 0
Views: 1932

Reposting a 2008 Article

Below is a CMG article I wrote in 2008 about a lecture given at the weekly Senior Men's Club meeting of the Jewish Community Center in Tarrytown, to which my father belonged. The lecture was given by Dr. Gunter Lorenz, a most likeable and admirable man who was then 98, and recently died at the age o...
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ursula Oppens 75th Birthday Concert and Tribute
Replies: 0
Views: 2262

Ursula Oppens 75th Birthday Concert and Tribute

Ursula Oppens 75th Birthday Concert and Tribute Ursula Oppens, piano with the Cassatt String Quartet (Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins, Ah Ling Neu, viola and Elizabeth Anderson, cello) Terrance McKnight, Host Merkin Hall, New York City February 2nd 2019 Three Works for Solo Piano Writte...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 10793

John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I received yesterday from his sister, Jeanne Barner, the very sad news that our friend, John Brosseau, known here as JBuck919, passed away on January 5th. I had not known Jeanne before, but appreciated her making the effort to let me know. And she asked me to inform his friends at CMG. Apparently he...
by Donald Isler
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Bagatelles
Replies: 7
Views: 3224

Re: Beethoven's Bagatelles

I haven't heard many recordings of Op. 126 that I like. Heard the kovacevich recording recently and thought it wasn't bad but found the slow pieces lightweight. My favorite recordings of these pieces are Schnabel's and mine.
by Donald Isler
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 6696

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

In all (lack of) modesty I'd say that I have produced 3 essential Beethoven recordings. Though (not surprisingly) they're all of the same person (as he was never a big name and has been largely forgotten), and he's not on this list.
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 10006

Re: Karl Henning

Very sorry to learn about Karl’s illness. I will contribute, too.
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Achucarro's Ravel Left-hand PC - Live at 81 !
Replies: 3
Views: 1934

Re: Achucarro's Ravel Left-hand PC - Live at 81 !

A very fine pianist, indeed! Here's a 2010 CMG review I wrote of a recital he gave at the IKIF: Joaquín Achúcarro Recital - IKIF Joaquín Achúcarro's recital was one of the events I was told not to miss, especially as I had not heard him before. Everyone spoke of him with great respect. And, indeed, ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 5968

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

(Since Hungerford and Beethoven were mentioned on this thread) If anyone is interested in the new Hungerford DVD they are supposed to arrive today. Anyone is welcome to send me an email with your name and address if you'd like to receive a flyer. Thanks for any interest.
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 5968

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Well, thank you, John!
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 5968

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Of course, no one who knows me will be surprised that my favorite recording of these works is the one by Bruce Hungerford, which is now on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Sd5nzUyNw0w And, if anyone is interested, I am about to release the only video of Hungerford's playing, a DVD of the Beethoven Fourth P...
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Mary Wilbur Autobiography Review
Replies: 0
Views: 2743

Mary Wilbur Autobiography Review

As today would be the 100th birthday of our remarkable friend, Mary Wilbur, I'm once again posting the review I wrote some years ago of her autobiography. Bits and Pieces of My Life A Memoir by Mary Wilbur Quince Press, 2011 There are stories all around us. As someone whose parents have written exte...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 3158

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

Thank you, gentlemen, for your kind comments!
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 3158

Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

(This article appeared on Isler's Insights.) The US pianist and former Curtis director, gives a delightful interview on Facebook to his colleague, Donald Isler: Interview With Gary Graffman “I got many reviews from the New York Times; good ones, bad ones, mostly in-between ones” said Gary Graffman, ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5779
Replies: 1
Views: 2289

1 Tishrei 5779

Wishing a good New Year to everyone observing it, as it begins Sunday evening.
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3220

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

You are correct that he never performed the whole cycle of the sonatas. He had a group of sonatas which he'd played often, starting when he was much younger, and he learned the rest so he could make the recordings. It might have been different if he'd had a "normal" career, and regular concerts, but...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3220

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

Isler’s Insights The Hungerford Recording Sessions Between 1967 and 1976 Bruce Hungerford recorded one LP each of music by Schubert, Chopin and Brahms, and was working his way through the complete 32 sonatas of Beethoven for Vanguard Records. That he insisted on learning each work seven times before...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3220

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

Always glad to see interest in Hungerford! In a 1969 High Fidelity article Harris Goldsmith, having listened to the first records of several pianists who were preparing to record all of the Beethoven sonatas for the 1970 bicentennial of Beethoven's birth, said that he wouldn't be surprised if the Hu...
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 13529

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Sorry I cannot join you this time. Hope you enjoy it as much as our last get together there!
by Donald Isler
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keene plays Hummel
Replies: 9
Views: 2963

Re: Keene plays Hummel

1) I never before heard the story of Schumann injuring himself while practicing that sonata. Interesting! 2) Yes, recording the Hummel sonatas was one of Constance Keene's last major projects, and these recordings were generally very well received. I think Harold Schonberg said something like "One s...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Aleksandr Bolotin - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 3230

Aleksandr Bolotin - Summit Music Festival

The Classical Music Guide Aleksandr Bolotin, Piano 28th Summit Music Festival Purchase, New York July 30th, 2018 Chopin: Four Mazurkas, Op. 30 Chopin: Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 Aleksandr Bolotin is an extraordinary 17 year old Russian pianist who has already performed al...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pavel Nersessian - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2897

Pavel Nersessian - Summit Music Festival

The Classical Music Guide Pavel Nersessian, Piano 28th Summit Music Festival Purchase, New York July 29th, 2018 Bizet: Chants du Rhin (Songs of the Rhine) Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D. 946 Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 Pavel Nersessian is now a professor a...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Reed Tetzloff - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 3176

Reed Tetzloff - IKIF

Reed Tetzloff - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 27th, 2018 Debussy: La Cathédral Engloutie from Preludes, Book I Franck: Prélude, Choral, et Fugue, FWV 21 Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860" 1) "Emerson" (after Ralph Waldo Emerson) 2) ...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 6538

Michael Davidman - Summit Music Festival

The Classical Music Guide Michael Davidman, Piano 28th Summit Music Festival Purchase, New York July 26th, 2018 Haydn: Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20 Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31 Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2928

Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF

Geoffrey Burleson - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 25th, 2018 Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 845 Saint-Saens: Mazurka No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 66 Saint-Saens: Valse nonchalante, Op. 110 Saint-Saens: Etude en Forme de Valse, Op. 52, No. 6 Tania Leon: Ritu...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2967

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 24th, 2018 By now I know that when I hear a recital by Massimiliano Ferrati (whom I interviewed the other day) it will be a happy experience, and that even when his ideas about the music differ from...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 3640

Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF

Alon Goldstein and the Fine Arts Quartet (Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, Violins, Gil Sharon, Viola, Niklas Schmidt, Cello) with Andrew Sommer, Bass - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 19th, 2018 Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K 465 - "Dissonant" Mozart:...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Tomoki Sakata - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 3444

Tomoki Sakata - IKIF

Tomoki Sakata - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 18th, 2018 Beethoven: Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1 Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody, S. 254/ R. 90 Takemitsu: Les yeux clos - in memory of Shuzo Takiguchi (1979) Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II - In Memor...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35
Replies: 7
Views: 2244

Re: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35

These are very fine works, indeed. (My recording of the first one is on Youtube.)
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 56137

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Didn't know how to post photos of the meetup here so posted them on Facebook. Very sorry you couldn't make it, John B! Hope your foot is better!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jerome Rose - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 2969

Jerome Rose - IKIF

Jerome Rose - IKIF 20th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 15th, 2018 Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 Schumann: Humoreske in B-Flat Major, Op. 20 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude Funérailles Cantique d'amour Yes, i...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 16
Views: 5384

Ralph Michael Stein

Just remembered our old friend would be 75 today.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beth Levin, Pianist
Replies: 0
Views: 2971

Beth Levin, Pianist

Beth Levin, Pianist Bargemusic July 13th, 2018 Handel: Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 428 Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 - "Hammerklavier" Beth Levin was originally a child prodigy who debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of twelve. Her teachers included Rudolph Serkin,...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 56137

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Thank you, JBuck! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 56137

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Just want to be sure if we're on for the meetup next Wednesday, the 18th, and confirmation of where it will take place?

Thanks!