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by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 16
Views: 178

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: 669

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: 1243

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: 1243

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: 1051

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: 1360

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: 1360

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: 1360

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: 6542

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: 1226

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: 1091

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: 850

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: 1033

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: 3718

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: 840

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: 851

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: 1055

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: 1002

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: 1033

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: 32997

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: 894

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: 1904

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: 850

Beth Levin, Pianist

Beth Levin, Pianist Bargemusic July 13th, 2018 Handel: Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437 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: 32997

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: 32997

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!
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Lunch July 18th Wed 2PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5616

Re: CMG Lunch July 18th Thurs 2PM

I'm planning to come.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 5374

Happy Birthday, Lance!

Wishing our host a Happy Birthday, and many more!
by Donald Isler
Tue May 15, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 32997

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

It would be nice to have another meetup in New York if that can be scheduled. I will be away the latter half of June, and I think the Mottiers are in Europe for the next half year or so. Will be interested to hear if it works out.
by Donald Isler
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 11021

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

If it's of interest to anyone here is the first movement of Op. 13 from the live 1965 Hungerford all-Beethoven recital I released on KASP Records.

https://youtu.be/OK-3aZ4odls
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 9968

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

I heard Leinsdorf a few times when I was young, and thought he was very good. Once we went backstage after the concert and Dad told him they came to America together on the same ship in 1938 (the Volendam) but I don't think Leinsdorf was very interested in that. Leinsdorf probably wasn't the favorit...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 1674

Re: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth

This opera house is also the place where Bruce Hungerford's 1965 all-Beethoven recital, which I released on KASP Records, was recorded.
by Donald Isler
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Re: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist

Thanks for mentioning Adrian Aeschbacher, and the KASP releases of his playing, Lance. Of course I agree that he was a terrific Schubert and Schumann pianist. I'd be delighted if one of the companies that recorded him, like DGG, would release more of his playing but I haven't heard any indication th...
by Donald Isler
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Patrych on recording
Replies: 1
Views: 822

Re: Joseph Patrych on recording

Joe knows this business inside out. He's been a friend for 40 years and I've done all my recording projects for over 30 years at his studio. He knows repertoire, editing, pianos, and he can read a score (which, believe it or not, not all recording engineers can). He's just renamed his studio after h...
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet
Replies: 17
Views: 3372

Re: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet

Thank you, MaestroB!
by Donald Isler
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet
Replies: 17
Views: 3372

Re: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet

Thank you, Lance and Belle.
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet
Replies: 17
Views: 3372

Re: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet

I've been enjoying reading everyone's comments about Jorge Bolet so decided to post here an article I wrote awhile ago about my own reevaluation of his playing, and importance. Isler's Insights Some Thoughts On Jorge Bolet, and the Superficiality of the Visual Aspect of Concerts When I was a young a...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!
Replies: 5
Views: 1772

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!

Well, thank you all for these kind greetings, which I only discovered just now! I appreciate them! And Happy Belated Birthday to Holden, who, I believe, is a day older than me!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PBS Story About My Uncle's Invention, the Prakticello
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Re: PBS Story About My Uncle's Invention, the Prakticello

Thanks for your interest, and questions.

He lived in Bethesda, Maryland, and built the instruments in his garage.

He died a year ago, and a year or two before that he sold the business to Jerry DeGroot, who continues to make the instruments. The website is: www.practiceviolins.com.
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PBS Story About My Uncle's Invention, the Prakticello
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

PBS Story About My Uncle's Invention, the Prakticello

This is a PBS story from about 2011, the topic being my uncle, Ernest Nussbaum, and his invention, the Prakticello. He made more than 400 of them over 30 years, and sold them to many professional cellists, some of them very well known, who took them along on their vacations to practice on. Today wou...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 2633

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Nice, but still more amazing, I think, is something else on Youtube, a 1956 appearance on I've Got A Secret by a 96 year old man who was present at Ford's Theater when Lincoln was shot.

https://youtu.be/1RPoymt3Jx4
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 4807

Re: Hungerford Video

I was very happy, last night, to see that two excerpts from Hungerford's 1958 LP have recently been put on Youtube, and recommend people listen to them. They are the C Minor Allegretto of Schubert, and the Busoni transcription of the Bach C Major Organ Toccata, Adagio and Fugue. The Schubert perform...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 9465

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Raymond Lewenthal, who was no slouch at the piano (listen to anything he played) said he considered Horowitz, pre-retirement (pre 1953), the greatest pianistic mechanism he knew of. Many pianists disagree with how Horowitz played different parts of the repertoire, but few seem to dispute that he was...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - New York Recital Debut
Replies: 0
Views: 2002

Mateusz Borowiak - New York Recital Debut

Mateusz Borowiak, Pianist – New York Recital Debut Merkin Hall, New York City Sunday, November 5th, 2017 Pelosi: Sonata No. 4 in B Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25 Pelosi: Sonata No. 6 in C-Sharp/D-Flat Mateusz Borowiak is a young Polish/British pianist whose career has taken him all ov...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Re: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

Hi Maestro,

He's recorded some Soler sonatas for Naxos, and the Pelosi Preludes and Fugues for KASP Records.
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

This week British/Polish pianist Mateusz Borowiak will make his New York debut with three recitals at Merkin Hall. Between them, the three recitals will include the first six Piano Sonatas of the American composer Louis Pelosi, plus all the etudes of Chopin and Debussy, and all the etudes, except Op...
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy 75th Birthday, Robert Baker!
Replies: 5
Views: 1864

Happy 75th Birthday, Robert Baker!

Wishing our distinguished, provocative and always interesting friend, Robert, a Happy Birthday and many more!
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 4807

Re: Hungerford Video

Actually, I believe that three of the four discs in the "Legendary Hungerford" album are from his Vanguard recordings. The fourth disc, with the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy and the Beethoven Concerto No. 4, probably come from the BHMF memorial album.
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 4807

Re: Hungerford Video

I'm not sure, but suspect that the Beethoven PC 4 performance on the memorial album may be the same as the one on this one, the "Legendary Hungerford" 4 CD album, produced by Vanguard Records, but funded by the same Bruce Hungerford Memorial Foundation. It came out around 1998, when there were few i...
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 4807

Re: Hungerford Video

That is the 2 LP album produced in 1978 by the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Foundation, started and run for 25 years by my parents and some other Hungerford friends.