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by Donald Isler
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Sorry you fell asleep waiting for a program that wasn't even aired, JBuck! WWFM accidentally aired the previous week's program again on the 24th, but they will air the Hungerford program this coming Tuesday evening, the 31st, also at 10 PM, New York time on www.wwfm.org. It's a whole hour of Bruce's...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford

Except that WWFM is playing a different edition of Jed's program, though the website shows that the Hungerford show is on!
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford

This evening (Tuesday) at 10 PM, New York time, pianist, composer and critic (for Gramophone Magazine, among other publications) Jed Distler will devote his weekly radio program, Between the Keys, to Bruce Hungerford, whose career was cut short when he died in an auto accident (caused by a drunk dri...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Thank you very much for the good wishes, Really appreciate them!

Meanwhile, here is something that (coincidentally) just went up on Youtube, in case it's of any interest.

https://youtu.be/MOoyvejkleA
by Donald Isler
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights

Interview With Robert Sherman Though he modestly disagrees, Robert Sherman looks, and gives off the vibes of a much younger man. Those of us who have listened for years to radio station WQXR, New York’s premier (and sole surviving full-time) classical music station know he’s had every important job ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question about advanced students' recitals
Replies: 12
Views: 352

Re: A question about advanced students' recitals

I agree with the comments of Maestro and John F. As a teacher I'm very conservative about what I'll let my students perform. if they play pieces in concert that they can't play well they waste the audience's time, accomplish nothing and often feel badly themselves afterwards. That said, it's fine to...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!

I hope it will be a good year for everyone!
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite works under 2 minutes
Replies: 23
Views: 917

Re: Your favorite works under 2 minutes

Thank you, Garrett!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 1155

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I'm guessing that most people here know who my favorite performer of Op. 111 is. I know of at least three times he recorded it, the last two of which, on Vanguard and KASP Records, are still available.
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records

Thank you for your interest, John and Maestro! Interesting that Larry Koran was your classmate, John! Yes, it will be streamed live. For some reason, the blue lines on the link did not come out blue here, so one cannot just click on here. But one can go to: kzsulive.stanford.edu (writing it in on yo...
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Radio Program About Donald Isler and KASP Records

(This program, with host Gary Lemco, a colleague of Lance, which will be on Sunday evening, reminds me of a similar type of program Lance was kind enough to do about seven years ago.) Please note the program is from 7 to 9 PM Pacific time, which means 9 to 11 PM Chicago time and 10 PM till midnight ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5777
Replies: 1
Views: 298

10 Tishrei 5777

Wishing an easy fast to those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5777
Replies: 1
Views: 282

1 Tishrei 5777

Wishing a good New Year to all who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Society at SPAC
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: Chamber Music Society at SPAC

Sounds like you heard a wonderful program! I also was unaware of any Schumann viola sonatas.
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 1164

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

I agree with everything you said, Lance. And I think Meryl Streep's singing was actually more accurate than what I remember of that of the real Florence. It was also interesting because we knew Kathleen, Bayfield's girlfriend in the film, who later became his wife.) I have seen conflicting articles ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD Review: Pianist Magdalena Baczewska
Replies: 1
Views: 295

CD Review: Pianist Magdalena Baczewska

Pianist Magdalena Baczewska Plays Chopin and Szymanowski Chopin: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45 Szymanowski: Nine Preludes, Op. 1 Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59 Szymanowski: Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 1-4 Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22 Labe...
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

That's the one, Allen! Thanks for posting it.
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Thanks for your kind words, John. I just put the words "Isler Abrahams Schubert Fantasy" into the search function on YouTube and it came up right away.
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Many interesting comments here. (But nothing that draws my "ire," John B!) I reviewed a concert last weekend by Alexander Kobrin which included this sonata. That performance did include the repeat of the first movement. I don't object to the music in the first ending, but playing the repeat does mak...
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexander Kobrin - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 742

Alexander Kobrin - IKIF

Alexander Kobrin - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 30th, 2016 Schumann: Andantino de Clara Wieck From Concerto sans orchestra (Grande Sonate) in F Minor, Op. 14 Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2 Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 Alexan...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: George Li - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 619

George Li - IKIF

George Li - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 27th, 2016 Haydn: Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32, L. 47 Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 Rachmaninoff: Variations On a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 Liszt: Consolation in D-Flat Major, S. 172 Liszt: Hun...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A Century of Musical Culture In New York - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 552

A Century of Musical Culture In New York - IKIF

A Century of Musical Culture in New York: The Legacy of Damrosch, Mannes, Godowsky and Gershwin – IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 23rd, 2016 Jerome Rose, David Dubal – Speakers Steven Mayer, Daniel Berman – Pianists This event was not exactly a lecture,...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeffrey Swann - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 481

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF

Jeffrey Swann - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 21st, 2016 Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894 Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Jeffrey Swann is a very likable musical personality, as well as a very fine pianist. He always makes some brief and insightful ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

Actually, I believe it was Peter Minuit who "purchased" New York (Manhattan, anyway). Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch governor.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

Thanks for the good wishes!
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 487

Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF

Magdalena Baczewska - IKIF 18th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College July 20th, 2016 Chopin: Prelude, Op. 45 Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59 Szymanowski: Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 15 and 16 Szymanowski: Etude in B-Flat Minor, Op. 4, No. 3 Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 4...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Isler Concert Next Week

Looking forward to my first appearance at the Summit Music Festival (www.summitmusicfestival.org) at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York next Tuesday evening! Faculty Concert: Donald Isler, Jeffrey Solow & Olivier Fluchaire July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Donald Isler, piano Schubert Sonata Op...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So What Are People Doing
Replies: 4
Views: 356

So What Are People Doing

for Bastille Day?
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I hear Schnabel's 32 Beethoven sonatas ...
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: I hear Schnabel's 32 Beethoven sonatas ...

A bargain! Though I also have them on CD (though I forget on which reissue) I still hold onto my LP's of the complete set, a high school graduation present from my parents. (Even though the turntable no longer works!)
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)
Replies: 18
Views: 923

Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)

From our mutual friend, Teresa, I learned that Agnes Selby passed away within the last few days. She was a good friend of the Isler Family, and of others on this board. Agnes was a Jewish Holocaust survivor, born in Slovakia. She and her parents spent most of one year during the war hiding in a ditc...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Happy Birthday, Lance!

And many more!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (((Modernistfan)))
Replies: 10
Views: 640

Re: (((Modernistfan)))

Disagree, John. Being anti-Soviet was being against a government. The people weren't Soviet. They were Russian or Ukranian or whatever else. I was never anti - these nationalities. When you say Israel is subject to the same norms as other nations, then it should not the object of constant United Nat...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (((Modernistfan)))
Replies: 10
Views: 640

Re: (((Modernistfan)))

Although one should be able to criticize the government of Israel, like any other government 1) Being anti-Israel is bigotry, like being anti-Chinese (and what a delightful government they have?!) or anti-any other nation, 2) Being anti-Israel is becoming almost the same thing as anti-Semitism, 3) J...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

He was a neighbor, though I only met him once briefly. His son became a good friend of ours. Last year they moved to Wisconsin, where they had more family. Despite his early fame he remained a very nice, decent and generous family man.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang, Live Broadcast From Carnegie Hall Tonight!
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Yuja Wang, Live Broadcast From Carnegie Hall Tonight!

Am planning to watch pianist Yuja Wang's Carnegie Hall recital, which will be broadcast live at 8 PM tonight on medici TV (http://www.medici.tv). Program: Brahms: Two Ballades, Schumann: Kreisleriana, Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata! She's a staggering brilliant player, but I'm also looking forward ...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 11, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is around, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: Lance is around, but ...

Very sorry to hear this. Hope you will recover quickly.
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 873

Re: John Francis 75.

Happy Birthday, and many more, to John!
by Donald Isler
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner 2 Weeks Away
Replies: 16
Views: 546

Re: CMG Forum Dinner 2 Weeks Away

Sorry I'm working that day and can't join you all.
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tyler's Grandson Alive
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Tyler's Grandson Alive

I like your prelude, John.

Interesting that Cleveland's grandson is an Episcopal priest. A somewhat more surprising situation is that of Rabbi Joshua Boettinger, who's a great-grandson of FDR and Eleanor.
by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tyler's Grandson Alive
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Tyler's Grandson Alive

John B, if you were just 15 or 20 years older it would have been possible to meet Cleveland's wife, who died in 1947, and Theodore Roosevelt's second wife, who died in 1948 (16 years after campaigning for Hoover against FDR!). And I remember hearing of the death of Woodrow Wilson's second wife (unof...
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A masterful piano recital by Paul Lewis
Replies: 1
Views: 783

Re: A masterful piano recital by Paul Lewis

This well-written review would certainly make me more interested in hearing Mr. Lewis, Henry. Hope to, some day. Years ago I played that Schubert B Major Sonata. Yes, a very nice piece it is.
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Well, thanks to both of you gentlemen!
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Great! More Hungerford! Thanks! I have that LP but currently not a machine to play it on.
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Many thanks for posting this additional material, all of which I enjoyed and much of which, I think, is of significant historical value!
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: Bruce Hungerford & Australian pianist Elsie Hall

Oh, this is great! I must listen to all of it later when I have some time. Elsie Hall came to America in 1968 and I met her at a Hungerford recital in New Jersey, and at his home in New Rochelle, New York, where I turned pages as they read some four hand works. She's quite a remarkable historic figu...
by Donald Isler
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969

Thanks for the bio of Nojima and updated information about his activities, John. I haven't seen him in years and years, and was wondering what he's been doing recently. One of the strange thing about the decisions of the judges at the 1969 Cliburn Competition (some judges thought Nojima should have ...
by Donald Isler
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Van Cliburn Piano Competition - 1969

Discovered this video of the 1969 Van Cliburn Piano Competition on Youtube last night. Two of my teachers, Bruce Hungerford and Constance Keene, and the husband of the latter, Abram Chasins, were judges there. The winners were Cristina Ortiz, First Prize, and Minoru Nojima, Second Prize. One sees th...
by Donald Isler
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 1468

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

Thanks very much, Maestro and Holden!
by Donald Isler
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 1468

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

The March/April 2016 issue of the American Record Guide includes a review of the new KASP Records CD album of Bruce Hungerford's last recital, and says "Any Hungerford recital was an historic event. His recorded legacy may have been small, but it is significant to all who value the art of fine piani...