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by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

John B, we'll miss you, but hope you make a full recovery.

Hope you weren't trying to imitate Lully.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lully
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 11
Views: 110

Re: The Queen's Handbag

Excellent reply, John F, to which I will only add that all women in decent society carry a handbag. I'll also thank John F for posting that informative article. My question about the Queen was prompted when I looked at other women leaders during Trump's European trip. I suppose that Theresa May and...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 11
Views: 110

The Queen's Handbag

Perhaps someone from the UK can answer this question: Why does the Queen always carry a handbag? What does she need that her hundreds of staff members can't get for her? Money? Driver's License? Tissues? https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000006006567/trump-queen-elizabeth-windsor-castle-...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 698

Re: Classical records for children

As a child I loved Peter and the Wolf, also Carnival of the Animals, and there were several works, especially Mozart and Schubert, that I asked my parents to put on the turntable incessantly. As I've posted before, Schubert's fifth symphony is the first classical work I am aware of knowing by name,...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Chalkperson wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:38 am
I should be able to make July 18th lunch.

Will be good to see you all again.
Glad you can join us!
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A slogan instead of a policy
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: A slogan instead of a policy

Trump now says that calls to abolish ICE will hurt the Democrats, and I think he's right! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/01/us/politics/trump-interview-ice-trade-nafta.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news And I agr...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:25 am
Ricordanza wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:46 am
I couldn't make out the rest of this line at the very end: "Please buy the record because....."

What did he say?

" .... because we are all in great need of money."
:lol:
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz

I couldn't make out the rest of this line at the very end: "Please buy the record because....."

What did he say?
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A slogan instead of a policy
Replies: 9
Views: 207

A slogan instead of a policy

I was glad to see the tens of thousands of people who turned out for the demonstrations on Saturday against Trump's immigration policy. I would have gone to the Philadelphia demonstration--but decided that being on my feet for two or three hours in nearly 100 degree heat was not the wisest course of...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

My experience with Facebook has been positive as well. The main benefit has been the opportunity to keep up with friends, family members, and classmates who live in other states, and even other countries. Last year's highly successful 50th reunion of my high school class was essentially organized th...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 1764

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

First, modernistfan, holding a Ph.D. from Harvard, however impressive, does not make you a Harvard graduate, any more than I am a Yale graduate. You are a graduate of your undergraduate college. Hmmmm. This view does not appear to be shared by the university from which I received a Master's degree ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 2333

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, best wishes on your birthday!
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Buchbinder redux
Replies: 12
Views: 3481

Re: Rudolf Buchbinder redux

I'm a bit surprised other aren't chirping in on Buchbinder? CMGers know his work at all? I've heard Buchbinder twice in recital, and once as a concerto soloist (if I recall correctly, it was Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3). Both recitals were all-Beethoven, and he is clearly a master interpreter ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour
Replies: 5
Views: 2157

Re: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour

As for the trip to Israel, I agree with the young Mr. Dreyfus, not of course because Israel in any way resembles North Korea, but because it must be acknowledged that after years of Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership abetted by Orthodox theocratic tendencies and the baggage they bring along, Israel ha...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Watts' NYPO debut at age 16
Replies: 3
Views: 1259

Re: Andre Watts' NYPO debut at age 16

I also remember watching this. I was 12 years old at the time. Thanks for posting this.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Two dates make sense for me, since I would like to attend at least one of the meet-ups, and I will not be available August 10 and 11.
by Ricordanza
Tue May 29, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On this Memorial Day
Replies: 3
Views: 1381

Re: On this Memorial Day

Rach3 wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 9:49 pm
And we now have the imposter Trump as Ballou's legacy.
Take a look at Trump's self-congratulatory Memorial Day tweet. I won't repost it here, but it is easily found on various news media sites. Just another example of his narcissistic outlook--the very opposite of the concept of "service."
by Ricordanza
Tue May 29, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Having examined all the variables, I suggest lunch on July 18. ...Now we need to select a place. ...The last place we met was the Italian spot with the private room, and to my mind that worked out well, but I can't remember what it was called. In any case, I'm not the one who made the arrangements....
by Ricordanza
Sun May 20, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I'll leave it in the hands of our NYC contingent to come up with a good choice for a restaurant. As for concerts, I looked at the program for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and found lots of interesting choices, including Yekwon Sunwoo on 7/17, Bevouzet on 7/18, Feltsman on 7/22, ...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 15, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 107
Views: 14257

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

A fellow poster PMd me suggesting a meet-up. I'm the one. I recommend sometime near the end of this month, but not the very end because it would conflict with the Organ Historical Society in of all places Rochester. The big-ticket season will be over, but the time overlaps with Mostly Mozart as wel...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3415

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Just some more detail from Arthur Brooks' bio on the AEI website: Professor of French Horn, Harid Conservatory of Music, Lynn University, 1992–95 French Hornist, City Orchestra of Barcelona, 1989–92 French Hornist, Annapolis Brass Quintet, 1983–89 I agree with those who have said that Brooks' genera...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 12, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: El Sistema in Baltimore?
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: El Sistema in Baltimore?

Yes, the pictures are great, but the news about this program is even better.
by Ricordanza
Fri May 11, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein movies coming
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Bernstein movies coming

I heard about one, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. What's the other one?
by Ricordanza
Thu May 10, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: Musical claims to fame

barney wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 8:24 pm

Ricordanza, that would have been something! Did your father ever say what he thought of Elgar's conducting?
No. I should have asked him to tell me more about that incident. Too late now.
by Ricordanza
Wed May 09, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 2246

Re: Musical claims to fame

I'll contribute a story from my father. When he studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music in the late 1910's, the school orchestra was conducted by Sir Alexander Mackenzie (fairly prominent in his own right). One day, Sir Alexander told the students that they would have a guest conductor that day...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 08, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Musical journeys to Italy and Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 1582

Re: Musical journeys to Italy and Egypt

I guess we have Stokowski to thank for that, eh? Certainly, Stokowski put the Philadelphia Orchestra on the map. But many thought the Philadelphians had slipped since the days of Ormandy and Muti. Today, the orchestra's reputation is on the rise again, and credit for that should go primarily to mus...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 05, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Future film - Leonard Bernstein
Replies: 0
Views: 973

Future film - Leonard Bernstein

This item appeared in The Forward, a Jewish publication: Jake Gyllenhaal will star as a very attractive Leonard Bernstein As the Forward’s Talya Zax noted, this year marks Leonard Bernstein’s “centenary.” What better way to celebrate him than with a biographical film, starring everyone’s “Serious Je...
by Ricordanza
Thu May 03, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 7-Eleven deploys classical music, especially opera, to disinvite 'riffraff'
Replies: 9
Views: 1810

Re: 7-Eleven deploys classical music, especially opera, to disinvite 'riffraff'

The Cherry Hill Mall also plays classical music. Hard to say whether it has had an effect on the "riffraff."
by Ricordanza
Tue May 01, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Musical journeys to Italy and Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 1582

Musical journeys to Italy and Egypt

When composers travel, they often record their impressions in the language they know best—musical composition. On Saturday evening, April 28, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Stéphane Denève, led an appealing program of four works inspired by two locales, Italy and Egypt. The ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump auditions for Alec Baldwin's spot on SNL
Replies: 1
Views: 1027

Re: Trump auditions for Alec Baldwin's spot on SNL

After reading part of this transcript (it was too painful to read the whole thing), I fully understand the title of your post. Exactly right! But it's hard to laugh when we realize that the source of this bizarre word salad is President of the United States.
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 1671

Re: A note to the classically insecure

Good article. I've encountered several folks who have responses to classical music that are similar to the author's microbiologist friend. When they make comments that reflect that insecurity or intimidation, I encourage them to appreciate the music at the level that makes them comfortable.
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A sample instead of a (full) review
Replies: 1
Views: 847

A sample instead of a (full) review

The Philadelphia Orchestra concert on Thursday evening, April 12, was particularly enjoyable but difficult to review. The program consisted of two well-known and frequently performed works: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra . What can I say about these pieces th...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leeds Piano Competition goes global
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: Leeds Piano Competition goes global

The changes show some fresh thinking. I'm anxious to see if those changes are reflected in the results of this competition.
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev War Sonatas
Replies: 28
Views: 3041

Re: Prokofiev War Sonatas

Lance wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:43 am
Rach3 - welcome to CMG!
Welcome to CMG, Rach3. Glad you accepted my invitation--I'm sure you'll enjoy interacting with this group.
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to live longer
Replies: 8
Views: 1122

Re: How to live longer

Interesting language issue. From the context, I assume that the word "gig" refers to a concert or, perhaps more broadly, a show of some kind. Am I correct? In the USA, the word "gig" generally means a short-term job assignment. It might be musical, such as a band hired for a wedding, or it might be ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: As spring begins, Andras Schiff offers an autumnal program
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Re: As spring begins, Andras Schiff offers an autumnal program

When I saw Schiff at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2011 he played encores for nearly 20 minutes and people started to leave as they had trains to catch. It was as though he didn't want to leave the stage and the recital ended quite late. I didn't time it, but I looked up this piece on YouTube and it ru...
by Ricordanza
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: As spring begins, Andras Schiff offers an autumnal program
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

As spring begins, Andras Schiff offers an autumnal program

For his piano recital on Saturday evening, March 31, Andras Schiff presented a program that had a distinct autumnal flavor: Schumann: Theme and Variations in E-flat Major, Woo [without opus number] 24 Brahms: Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 Brahms: Six Piano Pieces, Op. 1...
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump, the Complainer-in-Chief
Replies: 0
Views: 750

Trump, the Complainer-in-Chief

I could post at least once a day about the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump, since every day brings a new outrage. But today's circus--where Trump first threatened to veto the spending bill, then signed it after complaining about it--illustrates as clearly as any event how this man is lacking i...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Bernstein brought me to the concert, but then....
Replies: 1
Views: 989

Bernstein brought me to the concert, but then....

It was an easy choice. When I received the brochure for the 2017-2018 Philadelphia Orchestra season last spring, the concert on Friday evening, March 16, was an immediate check on my list for ticket purchases. The orchestra would be playing Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety . Th...
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

Re: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

diegobueno wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:30 pm
How'd he do on the Beethoven? That's a pianist killer.
From the thorniest passages, to the serenity of the slow movement, to the grand statements, Aimard was in complete control.
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

Having attended pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recitals in 2010 and 2012, I knew that his recital on Tuesday, March 13, would not be an evening of comfortable entertainment. First, as an ardent advocate of contemporary or modernist music, I knew that at least some of his program would be challengin...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet
Replies: 17
Views: 2226

Re: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet

Lance wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:25 am
Originally released in 1960, the film was a major success, with the score winning the Academy Award for Best Music Score.
Interesting. Who accepted the award?
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.

I also have fond memories of Tower Records:

- Browsing in the classical "room" in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey store.

- Hearing Marc-Andre Hamelin for the first time in a live recital at the Tower Records Classical Annex on South Street in Philadelphia. June 9, 1996.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Something there is that loves a wall and doesn't love a tunnel
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: Something there is that doesn't love a tunnel

Mr. Trump’s opposition to the project is in part the result of his belief that it is important to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, according to one person with knowledge of the president’s thinking on the issue. Once again, Trump's pettiness and self-absorption (it's all ab...
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sad personal news
Replies: 8
Views: 1436

Re: Sad personal news

John, I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Hank M.
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2362

Re: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...

(For those who don't know, Harris easily takes the prize as the most distinguished-looking member.) Agreed! And I have the pleasure of seeing Harris fairly regularly at piano recitals sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Next recital: Pierre-Laurent Aimard on March 13, with a progra...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 19
Views: 2632

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

People refer to Australia's gun controls but we have plenty of hand guns here in the possession of criminals, and drive-by shootings and public executions occur reasonably regularly. But we do not have people brandishing military weapons. Exactly my point. Every society has criminals and those with...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 19
Views: 2632

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

Discussions never focus on individual human evil, it is as if the criminal bore no responsibility for the crime. All anger is directed at external factors and all discussion moves to political or sociological spheres, never to the moral one. Sorry, I don't accept this. Advocates of gun control (lik...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears

My law school dean recently asked me to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory first-year course. He explained that he was getting “pressure” to banish me for my unpopular views and hoped that my departure would quell the controversy. When I suggested that it was his jo...