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by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My clothes dryer plays Schubert
Replies: 4
Views: 57

My clothes dryer plays Schubert

It was my turn to go down to the basement and bring up a load of towels from the (Samsung) clothes dryer. The cycle was just finishing and the dryer was playing a tune to announce that. It took me a couple of seconds to recognize the tune--I'm not used to hearing it in tinkly electronic format--but ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 20
Views: 206

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

As some of you know, my last name is Maurer. Like Stein, it's a German word; it means Mason. The correct (German) pronunciation is Mowrer (as in the exclamation "Ow!). But growing up, my parents pronounced it Mawrer. It was not until I moved to the Philadelphia area that I encountered other Maurers,...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist Maria Milstein
Replies: 6
Views: 180

Re: Violinist Maria Milstein

Can't help wondering if she's a relative of Nathan. The bio gives no clue, one way or the other.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keene plays Hummel
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: Keene plays Hummel

Donald Isler wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:12 am
1) I never before heard the story of Schumann injuring himself while practicing that sonata. Interesting!
I thought that Schumann injured himself while using a mechanical device to improve the strength and flexibility of his fingers.
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

I saw MI-Fallout a couple of days ago. I've only seen one other MI film (the first one) and I'm not a fan of "action" movies in general, but this film is undeniably spectacular. It's two and a half hours long but holds your attention for every minute.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Re: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

I can't recall if they converted to Christianity or not, like Mendelssohn. Lance, as noted in the article, Anton Rubinstein's family converted to Christianity: Yet Rubinstein barely identified as Jewish; his family voluntarily converted to Russian Orthodoxy when he was a child. Such a conversion, B...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

This article from the Forward cites the opinion of Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, that Anton Rubinstein is "forgotten" because of anti-Semitism. Is that accurate? Or is Rubinstein simply one of many second-tier 19th Century composers whose works are rarely performe...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For Donald, the best questions come from reporters who never ask them
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: For Donald, the best questions come from reporters who never ask them

Reporters routinely ask Trump questions about the news of the day, and many times the president answers — sometimes engaging in a lengthy back-and-forth on multiple topics. When he does not want to answer, he typically says “Thank you,” and staffers hurry reporters out of the room. If Trump doesn't...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 908

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

A rough kick in the crotch is what they need. However, I do not understand how there can be a statute of limitations for some crimes but not one for allegations. How does that work? A statute of limitations is a time limit on commencing a criminal prosecution. For example, if there is a 12-year sta...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF

Don, my first thought after reading your review was: I wish I still lived in or near NYC, so I could have attended a concert like this. My second thought was: Why couldn't we have such a concert in Philadelphia? So I forwarded your review to the artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music So...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Tomoki Sakata - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Tomoki Sakata - IKIF

Thanks, Don, for this excellent review. I usually review every piano recital I attend, but not this time. Don and I sat together at this recital and I informed him, right at the beginning, that I would defer to him for the purposes of posting a review on CMG. Glad I did--Don's review reflects the de...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 25424

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Belle wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:23 am
Names please!!
From left, Theresa and Brian (MaestroB), Hank Maurer (Ricordanza), Donald Isler, John Francis, Garrett Schatzer (Iced Note), Sue Goran, Larry Rinkel. Lenny Goran took the photo.
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 25424

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: 546

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: 546

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: 48
Views: 1791

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: 112
Views: 25424

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: 627

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: 462

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: 462

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: 627

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: 1757

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: 4588

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: 4640

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: 8296

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: 3215

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: 1500

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: 112
Views: 25424

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: 2621

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: 112
Views: 25424

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: 112
Views: 25424

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: 112
Views: 25424

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: 4620

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: 1024

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: 943

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: 3110

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: 3110

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: 1863

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: 1613

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: 2222

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: 1863

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: 1182

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: 2051

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: 1066

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: 900

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: 3758

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: 1336

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: 1285

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: 1285

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...