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by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 74

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: 37

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: 210

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: 818

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: 314

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: 231

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: 231

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: 258

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: 345

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: 284

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: 284

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: 989

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: 635

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: 286

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: 572

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: 848

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: 983

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: 983

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: 403

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...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Re: The Huberman Violin

jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:04 am
Oh for heaven's sake, he has family money.
I didn't know that. I was also wondering how he beat the collector.
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

The Huberman Violin

Joshua Bell posted this informative piece about his Strad on the Philadelphia Orchestra website: My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex-Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001. I was in London, getting ready to play a Proms concer...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?
Replies: 13
Views: 682

Re: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?

The Eagles are a team of destiny. Forget the statistics. They will be the Super Bowl winner. Trust me. Philadelphia is a wonderful city in so many ways and they deserve a winner. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D cliftwood What a game! What a season! It's a great morning to be an Eagles fan...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 974

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Does everyone feel the same about Dutoit? Yes. This would be the wrong time to feature Dutoit in a radio broadcast. That being said, I will certainly not discard my Dutoit CDs, nor will the recent revelations erase my memories of many outstanding Philadelphia Orchestra concerts under his direction.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

​First of all, let me clear up for the uninitiated this stuff about the orchestras. Classical music fans do not need this; most are familiar with the story. But many of my readers are not regular classical music fans and must be curious about what the difference is between the Philharmonia and the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 0
Views: 519

A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra

It was certainly an unusual sight at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert—a bagpiper, in full regalia, slowly marching down the left aisle of Verizon Hall, playing a tune with the stirring but mournful sounds of his instrument. We saw and heard this in the final moments of Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkne...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing off
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing

I just found this comment under an article in an online political journal and I think it makes sense. It makes sense if the essence of the matter is Trump's vulgarity. But that's only one aspect of the story. The bigger problem for me is that Trump used vulgarity to express his preference for white...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!

I'm all-Verizon these days: TV, Internet, Cell Phone....and even landline. Customer service is reasonably good, certainly better than Comcast when I had that service about 9 years ago. The only problem I've had with cell phone service is that, for several months, many incoming calls went straight to...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 1273

Re: Season's Greetings

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:13 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
every state in the United States has a town or city named Springfield.
That's right-here in NJ we have a Springfield that borders the town we used to live in-Maplewood NJ. Regards, Len
Actually, there are two Springfields in New Jersey. The other one is in Burlington County.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Battle of the Buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Battle of the Buttons

If someone had told me three or four years ago that the President of the United States was engaged in a social media joust about the size and power of his "button," I would have said that this was an entertaining but highly improbable plot line for a fictional series on one of the cable channels.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Mann dead at 97
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Robert Mann dead at 97

On one occasion in the 1960s, for instance, an airline barred Mr. Mann from bringing his Stradivarius aboard as carry-on luggage. Capitulating, he bought a seat for the instrument and belted it in. At mealtime, Mr. Mann tucked a napkin under the seatbelt and insisted that the flight attendant serve...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 6444

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Thanks, Chalkie, for your post. As others have said, I would welcome your more frequent participation in this forum.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postcard tax filing a pipe dream as CPAs eye early retirement
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger

Wall Street Journal All that work will have a payoff, at least: CPAs acknowledge the complexity of the new overhaul is likely to ensure demand for their services remains high. There is no more talk that tax rules would be so simple that returns could fit on a postcard. In particular, changes in the...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

To begin 2018, I listened to a magnificent performance of great music: Murray Perahia's 2000 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Still on a "high" from this.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 6444

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

MHO is that Chalkie may have been hacked by an impersonator, which is trying to ruin his reputation online. It's been known to happen to celebrities before........ I saw the two deleted messages when they first appeared and figured this was the case. That's what I suspected. Lance, any comments?
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

david johnson wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:57 am
Right now: Smetana/My Country/Kubelik/CSO
Just two days ago, I was listening to the same piece, same conductor, but different orchestra--the Boston Symphony.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit

Not surprisingly, this was front page, above the fold, news in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They ran the AP story, plus an article by cultural affairs writer and music critic Peter Dobrin about Dutoit's long and close association with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This afternoon, the following statement...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?

Some more thoughts on this issue. While it was momentarily refreshing to see a Republican Senator (John N. Kennedy of Louisiana) take on Peterson and two other judicial nominees, and for those three nominees to withdraw, other bad nominations have proceeded forward. Here's an excerpt from a piece in...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?

This video was amazing (in a bad way). I had very limited private practice exposure before joining State government, but even I had more experience in litigation than this guy! He has now (wisely) withdrawn his name from the nomination process. Parenthetically, litigation experience is less crucial ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 38
Views: 2443

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

One thing is comforting -- in 2016 candidates could not help but reveal who they really were. Trump a loathsome slimeball, Hillary a nagging suffragette. Choose your poison. Hillary's "basket of deplorables" remark was a serious gaffe, and she made some other costly errors in her campaign (amply do...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 927

Re: Facebook reconsidered

It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. RMCR (rec.music.classical.recordings) is such a group, and though it is not what it once was, it still contains lots of useful information on a slew of classical music topics and relatively little these days in the way of trolling, flame w...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 927

Re: Facebook reconsidered

Yes, Facebook can be abused, but I have found it to be valuable in many ways, including reconnecting with classmates from high school, even elementary school.
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

John F wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 am
Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land.
Thanks for the clarification.
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Only in Philadelphia
Replies: 0
Views: 315

Only in Philadelphia

Two of my favorites--the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Eagles. What other orchestra would do this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Horkik ... 382z3i5dXg
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 38
Views: 3864

Re: Moving to NYC...!

John F wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:26 am
It's not LA by any means, but it's not Michigan either!
And no wildfires, landslides, or earthquakes!
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

hoping "to marry the daughter of the wealthy peasant Tkachenko
Wealthy peasant? Seems like a contradiction in terms.
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk has something to say
Replies: 2
Views: 787

Jeremy Denk has something to say

This was the printed program for Jeremy Denk’s piano recital on Thursday night, December 7: Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives , Op. 22 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Intermission Schumann: Symphonic Etudes , Op. 13 But I knew from past experience that we woul...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 38
Views: 3864

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Congrats, Garrett!
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 310
Views: 20336

Re: What I listened to today

​Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942): Complete Choral Works--James Conlon, cond., Kolner (Cologne) Philharmoniker, and Gurzenich Orchester.--Musical Heritage Society, licensed from EMI. Did you like Zemlinsky's music? My only experience with Zemlinsky was a February 2004 performance by the Philadel...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING

david johnson wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:22 am
I was more thankful than usual because I survived serious health problem a few weeks ago and actually got to be around for the holiday!
Glad to hear that all is well!