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by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn
Replies: 16
Views: 175

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: 37

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: 37

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: 46

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: 73

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: 179

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: 115

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: 1116

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: 494

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: 494

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: 494

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: 138

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: 217

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: 295

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...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing

I think I'd go for the Comey one even though he may not reveal that much-one can at least hope. Regards, Len Gorsuch will carefully avoid saying anything that reveals his opinion on any of the issues likely to come before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, there's a fair chance that Comey will h...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 670

Re: Where is everybody?

I'm going to a recital by Daniil Trifanov on March 24 and, hopefully, will post my impressions in the "Review" forum.
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing

I think I'd go for the Comey one even though he may not reveal that much-one can at least hope. Regards, Len Gorsuch will carefully avoid saying anything that reveals his opinion on any of the issues likely to come before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, there's a fair chance that Comey will h...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow means listening to more music!
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: Snow means listening to more music!

The good news here in Southern New Jersey is that we got less snow (a couple of inches accumulation) than expected. The bad news is that what did fall was heavy freezing rain, which toppled a tree down the street, which fell on a power line, which caused our street to lose power for just over 24 hou...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG's improved software!
Replies: 21
Views: 1099

Re: CMG's improved software!

John F wrote:
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:55 am
CMG's forum software is incompatible with one of the widely used web browser Google Chrome.
Thanks for pointing this out, John. I am a Google Chrome user.
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An appropriate name
Replies: 1
Views: 183

An appropriate name

Now that I'm auditing a class at Rutgers, I get emails from the university, including the Public Safety Department.

So who do you think is the Chief of Police, in other words, the Chief Cop?

It's Chief Cop.

http://rupd.rutgers.edu/contactus.php
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn resigns from NSC, admits he misled Pence
Replies: 37
Views: 1208

Re: See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake

What did Trump know and when did he know it? I've heard that my esteemed :twisted: governor, Chris Christie, will be meeting with Trump. Christie is well equipped to advise Trump on this subject, based on his experience of wiggling out of responsibility for the politically-motivated lane closures o...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Restaurant Too Highfalutin For Me
Replies: 36
Views: 1119

Re: NYC Restaurant Too Highfalutin For Me

I'd post more, but the members have said zilch about the new administration, its assault on America, and the Autocracy they are forming by turning the US into a Dicktatorship (sic) Us who resist are not using #thatman's name, but #presidentbannon is dragging this country to its knees, and no CMG me...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New picture of Chopin discovered
Replies: 23
Views: 735

Re: New picture of Chopin discovered

John F wrote:That and $3 will buy you a caffe latte at Starbucks.
John, I had to laugh when I saw this. I first heard a version of this expression when I moved to Philadelphia. Back then, it went like this: "That and 25 cents will get you a cup of coffee at Linton's."

H
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lise de la Salle to substitute for Andre Watts
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Re: Lise de la Salle to substitute for Andre Watts

For those interested, I posted some impressions in the forum "Classical Concert Reviews."
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Lise de la Salle fills in admirably with the Philadelphians
Replies: 0
Views: 530

Lise de la Salle fills in admirably with the Philadelphians

The announcement came by email just two days before the concert: Andre Watts, scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the series beginning on February 2, was unable to appear because he had not sufficiently recovered from prostate cancer treatments. ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Performers who can only do one composer well
Replies: 23
Views: 749

Re: Performers who can only do one composer well

The only pianist I've heard that equals Rubinstein in Chopin today would be Ingrid Fliter, who has the same magical touch and sense of how to shape a phrase. I'm hearing her for the first time in recital on May 10, and her scheduled program includes all 24 Chopin Preludes. Now I'm really looking fo...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lise de la Salle to substitute for Andre Watts
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Lise de la Salle to substitute for Andre Watts

Just received an email from the Philadelphia Orchestra that Andre Watts will not be performing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto at this week's concerts (I'm going on Thursday night). While I was looking forward to hearing Watts again, I am glad to have my first opportunity to hear Lise de la Salle. (A...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony

A must stop with my Time Machine! My parents lived across the street at the time, so if they didn't go to this concert, I'd stop by to see them. :)
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk's two-hour course in Western Music
Replies: 0
Views: 377

Jeremy Denk's two-hour course in Western Music

Some piano recitals are limited to one composer. Most have three or four. Jeremy Denk’s recital on Friday evening, January 20, included music of 24 different composers. As always with this pianist, there was a method to his madness. The recital was entitled “Medieval to Modern.” The website of the P...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not Wanted in My Garden
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Not Wanted in My Garden

Not likely to thrive in our New Jersey climate, but putting that aside, why wouldn't you want him? He's kinda cute.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Best wishes for an "insightful" birthday!

H
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights

Fascinating interview, Don. Thanks for posting it.
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights

Addendum: We in NY also have 2 classical channels (commercial-free) known as Music Choice available through our cable TV subscription. They play full-length works without interruption on one channel and "lighter listening" on another. There used to be an opera channel as well that played full-lengt...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nat Hentoff RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: Nat Hentoff RIP

Back in my New York days, in the late Sixties, I read lots of his columns in the Village Voice. I was aware of his reputation as a jazz critic, but the columns I read focused on political issues.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

While I admire you for your ambition, and I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm, my honest opinion is that you are on the road to disappointment. As my forum name suggests, I share your kinship for Liszt, and the B Minor Sonata is the Mount Everest of the Romantic piano repertoire. But like that m...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

So why the hell would I want to burden myself with learning the Liszt Sonata of all pieces? Good question. :mrgreen: I guess it's because I've always felt a kinship with Liszt, and his demonic flare (or whatever you want to call it) speaks to me. Also, I'm always up for a challenge...and this is de...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Little Miss Mozart
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: Little Miss Mozart

This is what a true child prodigy does. Chopin himself would have fallen over dead even younger than he was to hear this from a boy only 12 years old. Superb playing by Ryota Yamazaki! Thanks for posting this, but this doesn't diminish Alma Deutscher's talent or potential. We'll see what happens to...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!

Lance, best wishes for the New Year and thanks for this forum. To all members of CMG, let's try to be positive for the New Year. For example, while I am definitely not looking forward to the events on Friday afternoon, January 20, I am eagerly anticipating my first concert of 2017 that evening--a pi...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: the very acme of commodified classical music?
Replies: 16
Views: 490

Re: the very acme of commodified classical music?

lennygoran wrote:PPS-I didn't know Shostakovich did waltzes :lol:
This particular waltz was featured in the film "Eyes Wide Shut."
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Collapse of the American record industry
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Collapse of the American record industry

I agree that this is fascinating. But at some point, RCA Victor returned to the record business. When was that?
by Ricordanza
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technicality vs. Musicality
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Technicality vs. Musicality

Technique is more than hitting all the right notes, or avoiding wrong notes. For top tier performers, one expects them to surmount technical difficulties to the extent that we hear the musical and emotional content of the work, not the difficulty. But sometimes, that's not the case. One name that co...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Climate change denier to head EPA
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Climate change denier to head EPA

This excerpt from the Washington Post points out the fundamental flaws in three Cabinet nominees, but I think that Pruitt is the worst of the three in terms of the damage that he can do: President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensiv...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Prokofiev and Shostakovich at their edgiest
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Prokofiev and Shostakovich at their edgiest

The scoring of Shostakovich 4 includes 6 flutists, two playing piccolo. Klemperer was considering the 4th for Berlin and asked Shostakovich if four flutes, 2 doubling piccolo, would be OK - Shostakovich said no. The program notes for this performance state that the work is scored for four flutes an...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Prokofiev and Shostakovich at their edgiest
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Prokofiev and Shostakovich at their edgiest

My report on Saturday night’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert begins on Thursday morning, December 1, when I attended an open rehearsal led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Indicating a spot in the score of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, Yannick asked the musicians to repeat the passage and to...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Room
Replies: 8
Views: 486

Re: My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Ro

This sounds great, but I'm trying to understand the economics: there were five attendees, each paying $10, so a total of $50 for the quartet??? Doesn't sound right, unless I'm missing something.
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals
Replies: 39
Views: 1272

Re: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals

Better than the original? I wouldn't make that claim, but here's one of my favorite transcriptions: Samuel Feinberg's transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, as performed by Arcadi Volodos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZuBgYqtzdg
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn The Artist!
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Mendelssohn The Artist!

I was also unaware of this. Thanks for the post.
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Re: Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript

I might have brought it up. But not having to do with me, just I mean, the wind is a very deceiving thing. First of all, we don’t make the windmills in the United States. They’re made in Germany and Japan. They’re made out of massive amounts of steel, which goes into the atmosphere, whether it’s in...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The vote
Replies: 50
Views: 1538

Re: The vote

Here are some voter turnout percentages from an article in the Washington Post, all of them vibrant democracies: Henry I decided to see if I could find other countries-kind of surprised by some of the stats on this site--we're ahead of Japan? Regards, Len http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/0...