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by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu

Incidentally it is a very long time since since I heard the piano version live. The last one I heard was Demidenko in 2011 and before that it was Freddy Kempf in 2005 and Kissin in 2002. Who’s performing it these days I wonder? Now that you mention it, it's been a while since I've heard this piece ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics
Replies: 9
Views: 130

Re: Two Rudy cronies arrested & charged by the SDNY for peddling foreign influence into US politics

10/11/2019 CNN's Pamela Brown: Is Rudy Giuliani still your personal attorney? President Trump: Well, I don't know. I haven't talked to Rudy . . . . Does the name Michael Cohen ring any bells? Yes, we saw this with Michael Cohen and with Paul Manafort ["He had a very small role in the campaign."] In...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads a Revelatory ‘Turandot’

Wow! This is incredibly physically and mentally challenging, even for someone who is nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" for his stature and physique. On Oct. 19 he leads the matinee of “Turandot” at the Met, then dashes to Philadelphia for a concert with the orchestra that night, including Mahler’s demanding ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5780
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: 1 Tishrei 5780

Thanks, Don. My best wishes to all who observe for a happy, healthy, and, of course, musically fulfilling New Year.
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cable channels: Music Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Cable channels: Music Choice

I also get these channels on my service (Verizon FIOS) and I've noticed some strange identifications. Sometimes, two different pianists are credited with one solo performance. My guess is that the first line identifies the piece (usually correct), the second line identifies the performer (usually co...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 3229

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I just heard an excerpt of a new recording on the radio: pianist Orli Shaham performing Mozart's PC 17 with her husband, David Robertson, conducting the St. Louis Symphony. The announcer said that the record label (something with canary?) was started by Orli's brother, violinist Gil Shaham.
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 3229

Re: Family musicians performing together?

The first combination that comes to mind is one of "exes" -- Martha Argerich and Charles Dutoit. I've had the good fortune to attend a couple of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts where Martha Argerich appeared as a concerto soloist with her "ex" conducting the Orchestra. Can't comment about their pers...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 17415

Re: Your changing musical tastes

When I first began to listen to classical music in my teens, Mozart and Haydn were not among my favorites. At the time, their music seemed to lack emotional content. My preference was for music that was passionate, or stirring, or mournful, or angry, etc. I still have a strong connection to music wi...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian wunderkind
Replies: 1
Views: 1539

Re: Russian wunderkind

Thanks for posting this. Wow!
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing
Replies: 2
Views: 1804

Re: Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing

Seems to be a very comprehensive list. It's the first time I've seen a mention of the manufacturer of my piano: Cable-Nelson.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 2880

Re: David Koch RIP

Who knows the life story of Andrew Carnegie, and who really cares? But music lovers care about Carnegie Hall, a lot. Carnegie's philanthropy extended well beyond Carnegie Hall. His contributions to libraries and universities (e.g., Carnegie-Mellon University, formerly the Carnegie Institute of Tech...
by Ricordanza
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 2880

Re: David Koch RIP

He's gone, and his philanthropy (if nothing else) will be missed. Charles Koch lingers on. While his philanthropic contributions were substantial, they do not outweigh the enormous adverse impact he and his brother had on the political environment. Let's put it this way: what good is a contribution...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Thanks for your review, and welcome to CMG!
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest Trump ReTweet Epstein Clinton
Replies: 2
Views: 1827

Re: Latest Trump ReTweet Epstein Clinton

Can you imagine the outrage if a federal prisoner had committed suicide during Obama's presidency and Obama had blamed George W. Bush? But today, Trump's supporters and the Republican cowards just accept this as another utterance of a president who can say anything he wants.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 14299

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

With this kind of commitment, does it really make any sense for the music director not to have a voice in the future of his or her group? Conductors need to be musical visionaries but also fiscal realists. Perhaps it is just a small step, but I would argue that making that person who stands on the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story

The subtitle of this book accurately describes author Nigel Cliff’s purpose: “The Van Cliburn Story—How One Man and his Piano Transformed the Cold War.” The heart of the book, of course, is the story of Cliburn’s astonishing victory in 1958 at the initial Tchaikovsky piano competition. It was astoni...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Editorial Board of venerable newspaper rats out the Donald
Replies: 15
Views: 4224

Re: Editorial Board of venerable newspaper rats out the Donald

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:25 pm
Amy Klobuchar needs to be on the ticket. Heavy turnout of Dem base will be meaningless if Penn, Mich, and Wisconsin go Trump.
How about the top of the ticket? She's my first choice at this time.
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abused, then mocked: Acclaimed violinist says she was sexually assaulted by her renowned teacher at the Curtis Institute
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: Abused, then mocked: Acclaimed violinist says she was sexually assaulted by her renowned teacher at the Curtis Insti

Although the online version of this article was available on Thursday, 7/25, the Inquirer waited until today (Sunday) to publish this article in the print edition. That seemed unusual to me, but I think the explanation for the delay has to do with the placement: the print article is given the most p...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 814

Re: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF

Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) is not well-remembered today, but his accomplishments include a terrific recording of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, numerous compositions, and this spectacular transcription of the Scherzo movement of the Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony. I thank Rorianne Schrade...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The 10 most popular American movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1181

Re: The 10 most popular American movies

I've seen all of them. Sure, they are not "high art." (And Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" is not on the same intellectual level as Mahler's Ninth Symphony.) But I will contend that films like ET, Titanic, Jaws and The Exorcist are outstanding works of visual storytelling. I would bet that most filmm...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:02 am
Ricordanza wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:15 am
What happened?

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/loca ... 55220.html
OMG!
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:03 pm
All the more remarkable he has been able to continue a distinguished career since the Cliburn given personal tragedy thereafter.
What happened?
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

Re: Vadym Kholodenko - IKIF

Thanks for the review, Don. Wish I could have been there.
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump plays the race card
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Re: Trump plays the race card

At this point, I really don't care whether Trump is personally a racist or not. The important thing is his approach to issues of race and ethnicity. On that score, the following statement from this article is undeniably correct, and it is one of the key reasons that this man should not be President ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

One thing that struck me in Dobrin's article: Why on earth would Rosand oppose shoulder rests?
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Here's the obit that appeared in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, written by music critic Peter Dobrin: Violinist Aaron Rosand, 92, longtime Curtis Institute of Music professor by Peter Dobrin, Updated: July 11, 2019- 3:09 PM Aaron Rosand, 92, a much-loved violinist long connected to the Curtis Instit...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DC Fourth will feature tanks, Blue Angels, flag burning and the Baby Trump blimp
Replies: 4
Views: 3035

Re: DC Fourth will feature tanks, Blue Angels, flag burning and the Baby Trump blimp

A history lesson from our "very stable genius" president: Trump was especially befuddled when he described the creation of the U.S. Army. "In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York and named after the great Ge...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 5477

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

Perhaps we are no longer so snobby. A new generation of pianists seems to have caught up with Horowitz’s perspective. This is a welcome development. I'm a long-time fan of piano transcriptions. A well-written, well-performed transcription adds a texture to the music that enhances the experience for...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 5792

Re: Emanne Beasha: You Won't BELIEVE The Voice That Comes From Her Tiny Body | America's Got Talent 2019

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:10 am
Lance I forgot the link-now Hank has provided it.
No, Lance provided the link to her performance.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Planet Teegarden B (32°F-122°F) may be a lot like Planet Earth
Replies: 1
Views: 2146

Re: Planet Teegarden B (32°F-122°F) may be a lot like Planet Earth

Wow! Only 12 light years away...that's practically next door! :wink:
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: kelli o'hara last night
Replies: 4
Views: 3019

Re: kelli o'hara last night

I remember seeing her in the South Pacific revival a few years ago. Outstanding!
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 29505

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

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Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:02 am
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by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 27046

Re: Summer meet-up

Thanks for all the good wishes.

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by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 27046

Re: Summer meet-up

I'm sorry to do this at the last minute, but I will not be able to attend tomorrow's "meet-up." My wife was just discharged from the hospital after a nine-day stay for a lung infection, and I need the time to care for her and the house, etc. Hope to get together with everyone in the future. Hank M (...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 2280

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

Hank speaking about you attending things we're still deciding what to do the Sat June 22 we have the CMG forum dinner-are you planning on attending anything while up here? Regards, Len No plans made at this time. An evening concert would be almost impossible since I'm not staying overnight and trav...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 2280

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

The highlight of the concert, though, was the performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the fast-rising, stunningly-gifted Italian pianist Beatrice Rana as the soloist. Her recital debut in March, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, was among the most memorable events of the season in New York. I...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 2270

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

For a change, the donors haven't demanded that some part of the auditorium be renamed for them, and instead prefer to remain anonymous. Apart from modesty, this keeps other organizations from trying to get money out of them. Thanks, John. I hadn't thought about that . Whatever their motivations, a ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 4478

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, hope you enjoyed your birthday!
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 6001

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

iPhones and iPads already offer separate Music, TV and Podcast apps in lieu of the centralized iTunes app that lives on Macs and Macbooks. Users can expect the new Music app to offer some of the same functionalities that iTunes currently does — such as purchasing songs and syncing phones — just wit...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux
Replies: 4
Views: 3618

Re: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux

That's a name I haven't heard in many years! I have two of Webster's Dover LPs: 1) Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata; and 2) Modern American Piano Music - Copland's Piano Variations, Sessions' Second Sonata, and Carter's Sonata. He was an outstanding pianist but somehow never achieved the fame he des...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 26, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President
Replies: 3
Views: 3235

Re: Sherrod Brown declines to run for President

Biden appears to be the leading Democratic candidate at this point, but the field is still full of worthy contenders. Lately, I've been paying attention to Michael Bennet, the Senator from Colorado, who has many positive attributes as a candidate and a future President. Here's an admiring column abo...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 25, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 16
Views: 8347

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Thoughts? I'll give you two thoughts. The theme and variations form is the most enduring of all musical forms. It predates the sonata and, perhaps, has outlasted it. Rzewski's "The People United" is one relatively contemporary example, Lutoslawski's "Paganini Variations" is another, and I am sure t...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 14, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 10
Views: 7014

Re: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5

With a name like Schwizgebel, he better be good!
by Ricordanza
Sat May 11, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: 14 years - worth the wait for Mahler's 9th Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 9388

14 years - worth the wait for Mahler's 9th Symphony

It’s been 14 years since the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. I can’t say I remember every detail of that 2005 performance, under Christoph Eschenbach’s direction. After all, this is an hour-and-a-half work of enormous complexity. But I do remember the emotional intensity of...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 10, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look
Replies: 6
Views: 3118

Re: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look

There's a tune by this composer that we've all heard (those of us in the United States, anyway), but few are aware that Offenbach is the composer. It's the Marine Hymn ("From the halls of Montezuma..."). Offenbach's composition was "The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea." Here's a wild piano transcrip...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 5138

Re: Starting times for concerts

Might not the annuating circadian clocks of Boomers dictate their recent preference for earlier starting times on weekdays? That's my guess. When I was surveyed, I voted to keep the starting time at 8 pm. I was working full-time when they did the survey, with a commute of up to one hour to get home...
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 5138

Starting times for concerts

I was looking at Rach 3's videos of Pietro Scarpini's performances when I noticed something interesting. The program for the Prokofiev PC 2 indicates that the Thursday evening concert began at 8:45 pm. By contrast, most concerts today begin, at the latest , at 8 pm. In fact, Philadelphia Orchestra e...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich live next week
Replies: 3
Views: 3092

Re: Argerich live next week

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:56 am
Avec Martha Argerich et Stephen Kavacevich, piano
I'm glad to hear that she's on good terms with her ex--at least musically.