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by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Replies: 3
Views: 24

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!
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer

Composer-pianists—virtuoso pianists who compose works to showcase their own performance skills—were a common sight in 19th and early 20th Century concert halls. Today, they are a rarity. Until recently, the list of prominent composer-pianists stopped at one: Marc-André Hamelin. Now we can add the Ru...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Today at our last community music group presentation for 2017, in which we invited our audience to bring along their favourite pieces of music, I heard for the very first time the piano music of Leoš Janáček and his " In the Mists " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lFekGwREs4 Being totally unfamili...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: What I listened to today

Feel better!
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up

What happens when musical prodigies grow up? Some of them fade out. In their late teens and twenties, they find that they can no longer rely on their youthfulness to stand out from the crowd of other gifted musicians. But then there are those like British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Now age 25, he i...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Time To Close Down Mueller
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Time To Close Down Mueller

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putin’s denials, which contradict the assessment of American intelligence agencies that the Russian president had directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The folks who work in our intelligence agencies must be i...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 757

Re: Hungerford Video

....the Bach-Busoni is, in my opinion (and also that of Tim Page), more impressive than the Horowitz performance at his great comeback (1965) recital. Don, perhaps you can answer this question. In the very first minute, after a couple of rapid runs, Hungerford plays a repeated chord, while Horowitz...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

I heard Zimerman only once in recital, 13 years ago. The highlight of the program was Chopin's Sonata No. 2 ("Funeral March") and his performance was breathtaking. Here's the review I wrote after this November 9, 2004 recital: According to an interview published in Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer, K...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 39
Views: 834

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Is the piano recital dying? I can only speak from my experience in Philadelphia, where the answer is a definite "no." The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has been sponsoring a piano recital series for 30 years, and I've had the pleasure of attending many of these for the past 18 seasons (generall...
by Ricordanza
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 521

Re: Prodigies

This young girl obviously has "Savant syndrome", or similar, and doesn't appear normal to me (as the mother of 4 children). I can't claim quite the level of expertise (as the father of only one, and the grandfather of two), but I beg to differ with you. Based on the interview segments, as well as a...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 521

Prodigies

Last night, 60 Minutes' concluding segment was about Alma Deutscher, the 12-year-old British musical prodigy: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-is-mozart/ Clearly, Alma's gifts as a composer AND violinist AND pianist are extraordinary, and I hope she develops ...
by Ricordanza
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Thanks for posting this video. What a superb cellist!

I have a special interest in him due to my family history. According to an Ellis Island record, my paternal grandfather was from Kolomyya, Austro-Hungary (now Ukraine). That is also the birthplace of Emanuel Feuermann.
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Barney, you're right. I've now purchased tickets, so I'm monetarily poorer but anticipating being musically enriched. I'll find a way to get there on time. Here's the program: Performers Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor Daniil Trifonov, Piano Program R. STRAUSS Don Ju...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Just curious-why is 7PM tough for you for getting to a concert? Regards, Len Because of a medical appointment on that day, we can't leave the South Jersey area until about 2 pm. Maybe it won't be a problem; I'm just nervous about these things. Our hotel is right near Carnegie Hall, so that's not an...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

My wife and I will be in NYC on these evenings (checking out from our hotel/time share on November 18). If you can point me to an on-line listing of concerts, or you can suggest specific concerts on those dates, please let me know. I already know about the Gergiev/Trifonov concert on November 15, bu...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The intermission that wasn't, or
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: The intermission that wasn't, or

That is, of having an intermission of 15 minutes or so halfway through the program? Apart from providing physical relief (not just for the audience, for the performer(s as well), it provides the opportunity to absorb and reflect on what we've just heard and, sometimes, to discuss it with friends or...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The intermission that wasn't, or
Replies: 9
Views: 449

The intermission that wasn't, or

Why I'm not writing a review of Richard Goode's recital. A very peculiar thing happened at Richard Goode's piano recital in Philadelphia last night. The printed program was as follows: Four pieces by the Renaissance composer, William Byrd; English Suite in D Minor, BWV 811, by J.S. Bach Intermission...
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department

To borrow a line from the Chief Tweeter:

Sad
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A thrilling concert version of West Side Story
Replies: 1
Views: 186

A thrilling concert version of West Side Story

It shouldn’t have worked. For the opening of its subscription series for the 2017-2018 season, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced that it would perform a concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story . The orchestra would play the complete Broadway score, and vocalists would perform the s...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Steelworking liberated her; then her job moved to Mexico
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: Steelworking liberated her; then her job moved to Mexico

I read this before seeing your post, but it's a great article.

I hope this reporter follows up with Shannon in a year and finds out what happened after the plant closed.
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

a second-tier orchestra with a third-rank conductor
Wow. That's a harsh (and unjustified) comment.
by Ricordanza
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017

No classical musicians this year. Oh well.

I'm looking forward to hearing a prior year's winner--Jeremy Denk--in recital on December 7 in Philadelphia.
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5778
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: 10 Tishrei 5778

Thanks. Same to you.
by Ricordanza
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Being The Times’s Classical Music Critic TOMMASINI
Replies: 35
Views: 1422

Re: Being The Times’s Classical Music Critic TOMMASINI

jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:23 am
John F or others may know better, but I doubt that any other orchestra in the world starts the season that way.
The Philadelphia Orchestra starts its season with the national anthem. I have no problem with this, nor have I ever heard any objections from audience members or musicians.
by Ricordanza
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Being The Times’s Classical Music Critic TOMMASINI
Replies: 35
Views: 1422

Re: Being The Times’s Classical Music Critic TOMMASINI

Music, especially purely instrumental music, resists being described in language. It’s very hard to convey sounds through words. Perhaps that’s what we most love about music: that it’s beyond description, deeper than words.... Our task is to try and describe music in accessible language and everyda...
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook sent 'selected' users Rosh Hashanah greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Facebook sent 'selected' users Rosh Hashanah greetings

"Happy New Year! All of us at Facebook wish you a sweet and happy new year." While the note was well received by some, others questioned how exactly the social network was aware of their religious affiliation. Facebook didn't send me such a greeting, even though my "likes" include several Jewish or...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5778
Replies: 4
Views: 367

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: 546

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: 809

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: 555

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: 555

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: 555

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: 513

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: 1018

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: 566

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: 566

Re: Need Printer Advice

Len, I have a Brother MFC-J825DW and am reasonably satisfied with it. Not expensive as I recall.
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by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Vladimir Rumyantsev - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 298

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: 329

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: 321

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: 347

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: 597

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: 1441

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: 523

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: 678

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: 282

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: 512

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: 674

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

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

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by Ricordanza
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist vs. Airline
Replies: 5
Views: 619

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: 512

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.