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by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5778
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: 1 Tishrei 5778

Thank you, Don, and my best wishes to you for the New Year.
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: George Smiley is back
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: George Smiley is back

Sounds like a book I'd be interested in reading. Thanks for posting this.
by Ricordanza
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

Speaking of Mahler, my first hearing of Mahler 5 was at a Philadelphia Orchestra summer concert (at the Mann Music Center) conducted by someone not generally considered a Mahlerian--Charles Dutoit. As I recall (it was quite a few years ago), it was a fine performance.
by Ricordanza
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin

jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 am
For the record, the high school where I taught at the time thought the OJ verdict important enough to interrupt class with a broadcast. My almost all-white class cheered.
Wow! Did you discuss it with the class? Any idea why they cheered?
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin

Len, at the time of the OJ trial, you were working for Essex County, is that correct? Did you sense the same racial divide in your office in the reaction to the verdict?

If you prefer to reply by private message, that's OK.
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Two books by Jeffrey Toobin

Now that I'm (semi) retired, I have more time for pleasure reading, and in recent months, I took great pleasure in reading two books by Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer and CNN commentator. The first recommended book is "The Run of his Life: The People vs. O. J. Simpson." I vividly remember the day the verd...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: prager conductor santa monica sym
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: prager conductor santa monica sym

Interesting. I met Dennis Prager 46 years ago....in Israel. Of course, he was not well known at the time.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Best of luck in my home town!
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need Printer Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Need Printer Advice

lennygoran wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:23 am
Does the wireless work smoothly for you-was setting that up easy? Regards, Len
I've had no problems with the wireless. As for the setup, I've had assistance from a couple of techies in the family. Not sure how I'd do if I didn't have their help.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need Printer Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Need Printer Advice

Len, I have a Brother MFC-J825DW and am reasonably satisfied with it. Not expensive as I recall.
H
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Re: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF

A challenging program!
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Russian spies living next door in Jersey suburb
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Russian spies living next door in Jersey suburb

The headline made me think of the TV series, "The Americans," but now that I've read the article, I've learned that this case inspired the series. Once again, truth is stranger than fiction.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A sick fetish
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: A sick fetish

Yes, it's a big story here in the USA. It's not really a gun issue, since the shooter was a police officer who is certainly entitled (and required) to carry a gun. But it is definitely a police shooting issue. The facts surrounding this incident are minimal at this point, but what we do know points ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jerome Rose - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Re: Jerome Rose - IKIF

After the Liszt Sonata Mr. Rose thanked the audience for their attendance, and (in some cases) years of support of the Festival, welcomed them to the new season, and said he hoped to see them at many of the upcoming events. Wish I could be there, but thanks, Don, for enabling me to experience this ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sens. Lee & Moran to Vote 'No' on Obamacare Repeal; GOP Now Two Votes Short of 50 Needed
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Sens. Lee & Moran to Vote 'No' on Obamacare Repeal; GOP Now Two Votes Short of 50 Needed

Now that the floodgates may open, McConnell will finally realize that his dreams of total repeal of Obamacare are over, and he might think about something he's never allowed in 8 years, namely working with Democrats to solve the complexity of a solution to the flaws in the existing law. One would h...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 1025

Re: "Kreisleriana"

barney wrote:
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:43 am

I can't remember whether I have posted this before, but it is a real and oft-visited favourite: 2.5 minutes of Sokolov playing Couperin with a wonderful clarity and affection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r5kecJfS2I
Perfection!
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. #1

Belle, I share your affection for this piece. And I also share the same introduction to this work, via a recording (on the Monitor label) with Richter and the State Radio Orchestra of the USSR, conducted by Kurt Sanderling. The "flip" side of this LP (which I still have) is the Saint-Saens Piano Con...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: Daniil Trifonov

There have been a number of posts about Trifonov but I can't find a thread about him. I'm not sure if two posts on one topic constitute a thread, but I did post a review of Trifonov's Philadelphia recital in March, and there was one response: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump-Putin lovefest
Replies: 0
Views: 197

The Trump-Putin lovefest

I was intrigued by this item: The meeting, originally scheduled for 35 minutes, clocked in at 2 hours and 16 minutes. “There was so much to talk about,” said Tillerson. “Neither one of them wanted to stop.” He added that at one point, aides sent in first lady Melania Trump to try to wrap things up, ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

The results were announced on Saturday night. In addition to their individual achievements, it was certainly a good evening for the Curtis Institute. Yekwon Sunwoo won the gold medal, while Daniel Hsu won third prize. One correction to my previous post: Daniel Hsu (age 19) is still a student at Curt...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, best wishes for a happy birthday and, again, my thanks for this forum.

H
by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist vs. Airline
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Violinist vs. Airline

Is this really a "Corner Pub" item? In any case, I'm sure everyone would be interested in this article from the Washington Post about a confrontation between a violinist and United Airlines: An airline tried to get a musician to check her 17th-century violin. A ‘wrestling match’ ensued. By Cleve R. ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

I didn't get to hear all the contestants, but of the ones I heard, Dasol Kim really impressed me. So I was surprised he didn't reach the finals.

On the other hand, from a local standpoint, I am glad to see two Curtis Institute graduates (Daniel Hsu and Yekwon Sunwoo) among the six finalists.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump doubles down on original "Travel Ban"
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Trump doubles down on original "Travel Ban"

There is a strange and ugly sound in Washington, DC this morning. It is the sound of lawyers in the Justice Department tearing their hair out, as their client has just done his best to undercut their case. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-travel-ban.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Ho...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Conductor, Dies at 71
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Conductor, Dies at 71

I attended a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in 2004 when he was guest conductor, and I was very impressed.
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No cable TV or internet for 13 hours
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: No cable TV or internet for 13 hours

I've been using Verizon FIOS for a few years and have been generally satisfied with this service. The service interruptions have been rare and my occasional contacts with customer service have been positive (and way better than my previous provider, Comcast). As for email, I changed my primary email...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 21, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

They aren't really being cheated out of anything they would otherwise receive, as they've already been paid by the audience attending the concert.... I disagree. They are being deprived of the potential income from the recording of the concert. Of course, from the (selfish) viewpoint of the concert...
by Ricordanza
Fri May 19, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A dose of reality - Don't Underestimate Trump
Replies: 5
Views: 564

A dose of reality - Don't Underestimate Trump

Amid all the talk of a dysfunctional White House and the possibility of impeachment, this Op-Ed from the Washington Post by veteran political operative Ronald Klain offers a much needed dose of reality: Don't Underestimate Trump By Ronald A. Klain Ron Klain, a Post contributing columnist, served as ...
by Ricordanza
Sun May 14, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Inon Barnatan - another worthy substitute
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Inon Barnatan - another worthy substitute

Barnatan offered as an encore the well-known Bach melody, Sheep May Safely Graze , as arranged by Egon Petri. Hank thanks-wasn't well known or known at all to me-fortunately there's youtube! Regards, Len :D Len, let me confess that when Barnatan began this encore (without announcing it), it sounded...
by Ricordanza
Sat May 13, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Inon Barnatan - another worthy substitute
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Inon Barnatan - another worthy substitute

In previous reviews, I’ve sung the praises of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Beginning with a handful of concerts in 1986, PCMS now presents a season of over 50 concerts by world-class soloists and ensembles, with all tickets priced at an incredible $25 (it goes up a mere one dollar next se...
by Ricordanza
Wed May 10, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 34
Views: 2555

Re: Comey Is Fired by Trump

Long overdue. Comey's bull-in-a-china-shop handling of politically charged investigations unquestionably harmed Hillary Clinton and therefore helped Donald Trump in last year's election. My only complaint is that Trump is sure to appoint somebody even worse. I see it differently than you-the timing...
by Ricordanza
Tue May 09, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yates! Yeah!
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Yates! Yeah!

I watched this and Yates was terrific! Wish that she were Attorney General now...or President.
by Ricordanza
Tue May 09, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

I'm looking forward to his Philadelphia recital on November 10, 2017.
by Ricordanza
Wed May 03, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rachmaninoff, Lugansky and the Philadelphians - a winning combination
Replies: 0
Views: 357

Rachmaninoff, Lugansky and the Philadelphians - a winning combination

In February of this year, when pianist Lise de la Salle sat down at the piano for an encore after performing a Beethoven concerto with the orchestra, she turned to the audience and asked, “I don’t know which encore to play, Debussy or Rachmaninoff?” Rachmaninoff won by a decisive voice vote. Turning...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rudolf Buchbinder - all Beethoven and mostly great
Replies: 0
Views: 329

Rudolf Buchbinder - all Beethoven and mostly great

We all hear music through the filter of personal experience, and I am no exception. As I listened to the opening work on Rudolf Buchbinder’s all-Beethoven recital on Wednesday evening, April 26, I couldn’t help thinking about my first encounter with that piece. It was in my early teens when I watche...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn
Replies: 16
Views: 1085

Re: Flynn

The latest twist in the Flynn story is that the White House is now blaming the Obama administration for failing to adequately vet Flynn! They are pointing to the 2016 renewal of Flynn's security clearance, which did indeed happen during the Obama administration. But this curious claim fails on (at l...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter

Fliter is amazing in Chopin, and her Beethoven ain't bad either. Sorry she had to cancel: she's a great artist. I'm curious: what was on her program, do you know? Fliter's program would have been Beethoven and Chopin! Specifically, two Beethoven Sonatas (Op. 10, No. 3 and the Appassionata) and the ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter

Yesterday, it was announced that Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter was cancelling her U.S. tour due to family reasons, and thus, would not appear at her May 10 recital in Philadelphia. In her place, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan would perform that evening. I'm planning to go to this recital in any cas...
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's Dutchman Reviewed NYTimes Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Met's Dutchman Reviewed NYTimes Yannick Nézet-Séguin

What do the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra think about the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the company’s next music director? The players found two ways to express their feelings on Tuesday night.... This reminds me of a conversation I had with a member of the Philadelphia O...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emanuel Ax in recital
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Emanuel Ax in recital

I have heard Emanuel Ax in recital three previous times, so, in some ways, I know what to expect. But that doesn’t mean his recital on Wednesday evening, April 19, was either predictable or dull. Let me explain. First of all, there are no distractions at a recital by this pianist. His appearance is ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Don't forget Ricardo Morales among contemporary clarinetists. His playing is just about flawless -- in recent years one might even say too flawless. I'm lucky to hear him live on many occasions, since he's the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, he was the outstandin...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: By George!
Replies: 0
Views: 380

By George!

It's been years--decades, actually--since I listened to one of my LPs, entitled "By George!" It's an all-Gershwin album by Andre Watts, consisting of a solo version of Rhapsody in Blue , and transcriptions of 16 songs. I vaguely remember enjoying it so, looking for something different to listen to w...
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 2781

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

You don't find Sibelius very often in American concert programs these days, except of course in Minneapolis. Ormandy is long gone, but Sibelius still shows up on Philadelphia Orchestra programs. For example, next season, Yannick is conducting Symphony No. 1. The program also includes Hilary Hahn as...
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'
Replies: 16
Views: 1123

Re: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'

arepo wrote:
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:09 am
Henry..
Your reviews contain more of the "right words" than any reviewer I'm familiar with, and you could be writing for any publication that covers classical music concerts.

Keep up the fine work you do.
cliftwood
Thanks! :D See you at the Emanuel Ax recital.
by Ricordanza
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'
Replies: 16
Views: 1123

Re: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'

It occurs to me that many people feel locked out of art music because they feel they lack the sophistication to DISCUSS their responses to it, where we seem to take that for granted ourselves. Well, I don't take it for granted. I've written over 150 reviews/personal impressions of concerts and stil...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'
Replies: 16
Views: 1123

Re: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'

Belle wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:47 pm
This is a very fine account of the Bach/Busoni:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORDjdNcv70o
I agree. Indeed, my first exposure to this masterpiece was at a recital by de Larrocha at Hunter College in New York City in 1971.
by Ricordanza
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's going on here??
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: What's going on here??

In my 32 years in state government, I had bosses who were more aloof than others, but I was never instructed not to make eye contact. That's weird!
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: An eagerly anticipated recital by Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 1
Views: 564

An eagerly anticipated recital by Daniil Trifonov

The piano series sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society usually includes some perennial favorites. This season, for example, features Jeremy Denk and Emanuel Ax. Occasionally, the series includes a new star in the classical music world. Such a star is the Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue
Replies: 3
Views: 776

Re: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

Sounds interesting, but are you familiar with any of these other books recommended by the reviewer? But it’s more of a flat-footed compendium than an original work, pulling together examples from recent news stories while iterating arguments explored in more depth in books like Al Gore’s “The Assaul...