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by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1586

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Quiery: Have you or anyone else here ever heard Hough in concert or recital? Does he travel much to the U. S.? Yes, I've heard Hough in concert. There may have been an earlier occasion, but the most recent concert took place on St. Patrick's Day, 2011. And what did the Philadelphia Orchestra play o...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1586

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

For a better version of Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations, you can't go wrong with Trifonov, who is currently recording the other concerti with Nezet-Seguin & Philadelphia (Forgive me if I promote my hometown band! :D ). You're forgiven. I feel privileged to hear them in concert on a regular basis...
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lesser heard "Paganini Variations"
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Lesser heard "Paganini Variations"

I've had the good fortune to hear Hamelin perform these variations twice: as an encore at a 2012 recital and as part of the main program in a 2015 recital. This was my impression in 2012: Hamelin then launched into this work, playing the familiar theme with a slightly off-kilter harmony and followin...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

All these names are new to me. However, I did look up Vijay Gupta and came across this Washington Post article. His story is very interesting: Vijay Gupta: The violinist for LA’s skid row wins a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant By Antonia Noori Farzan October 5 at 5:53 AM Walt Disney Concert Hall, a $274 mi...
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 1051

Re: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

david johnson wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:47 am
Muckey wed one of the NYPO string players a couple of years ago.
As I recall, he was also Yuja Wang's boyfriend at one time.
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 1648

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

Nowadays I never pick up my phone unless I recognize the caller's name or ID number. If a legit caller is too vain to leave a message, then I can't be bothered. That's my strategy as well. In addition, Verizon allows me to block up to 100 numbers (on my land line). That has cut down on the scam cal...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An evening of superb piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: An evening of superb piano music

Following by Granados - Goyescas played by Alicia de Larrocha. Again, these look so difficult to play, but what magnificent music!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0aVTPvYQ4Y In my piano student days, inspired by this very same recording, I bought the music and tried to learn one of these pieces. ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Anthony Tommasini, Times chief classical music critic In my early teens I was overwhelmed by Stravinsky’s 1910 ballet score “The Firebird” — in the recording conducted by Stravinsky — even before I knew what was going on in the fairy-tale story, about a wondrous firebird that helps a prince rescue ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 755

A few comments from a retiring oboist

Richard Woodhams, the outstanding principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, recently retired after four decades with the orchestra. Two of his colleagues also retired, and their messages were cordial, but rather general. Woodhams went beyond generalities. Here's what he had to say: I've had a...
by Ricordanza
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Trump's War on Workers
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Donald Trump's War on Workers

This column from the Washington Post sums up the sad state of affairs on this Labor Day: Donald Trump’s war on workers By Paul Waldman Opinion writer September 3 at 2:34 PM It’s Labor Day, and the president wants American workers to know he’s coming through for them: Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTru...
by Ricordanza
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: The Village Voice RIP

This is sad. When I lived in NYC and went to CCNY, I was a regular reader of the Voice.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata

I may have mentioned it here before: Hamelin played the sonata's first movement as an encore at his benefit recital for WHRB. The main program had consisted mostly of Hamelin specialties and applause for the Schubert was merely polite, but I thought it was first rate. Afterwards we asked Hamelin if...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT's Maggie Haberman delves deep into how Trump views the Press
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: NYT's Maggie Haberman delves deep into how Trump views the Press

This is one hour long. Can you give us highlights?
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My clothes dryer plays Schubert
Replies: 4
Views: 812

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: 25
Views: 2779

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: 997

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: 848

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: 864

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: 1208

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: 1208

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: 502

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: 1689

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: 761

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: 729

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: 30100

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: 30100

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: 1137

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: 1137

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: 2996

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: 30100

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: 1224

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: 901

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: 901

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: 1224

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: 2882

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: 5413

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: 5097

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: 9187

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: 3416

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: 1648

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: 30100

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: 2859

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: 30100

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: 30100

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: 30100

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: 5379

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: 1145

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: 1166

Re: Bernstein movies coming

I heard about one, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. What's the other one?