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by Donald Isler
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beth Levin and Reed Tetzloff, Pianists
Replies: 0
Views: 37

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: 613

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: 1127

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: 5823

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: 1977

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: 4123

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: 6110

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: 1361

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: 3573

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: 3573

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: 3573

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: 1826

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: 2213

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: 2213

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: 1667

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: 2216

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: 2216

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: 2216

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: 9425

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: 2114

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: 2322

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: 2022

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: 2176

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: 5274

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: 2043

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: 2063

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: 2544

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: 2325

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: 1608

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: 43218

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: 2084

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: 3417

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: 2071

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: 43218

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: 43218

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: 6073

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: 6300

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: 43218

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: 15388

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: 13215

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: 2122

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: 1571

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: 1158

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: 4659

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: 4659

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: 4659

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: 2398

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: 2200

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: 2200

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...