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by Ricordanza
Sun May 20, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 517

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: 29
Views: 517

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: 26
Views: 499

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: 179

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: 169

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: 729

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: 729

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: 2
Views: 541

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: 184

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: 982

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: 2
Views: 541

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: 477

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: 955

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: 417

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: 458

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: 1859

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: 717

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: 565

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: 565

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...
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump, the Complainer-in-Chief
Replies: 0
Views: 471

Trump, the Complainer-in-Chief

I could post at least once a day about the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump, since every day brings a new outrage. But today's circus--where Trump first threatened to veto the spending bill, then signed it after complaining about it--illustrates as clearly as any event how this man is lacking i...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Bernstein brought me to the concert, but then....
Replies: 1
Views: 610

Bernstein brought me to the concert, but then....

It was an easy choice. When I received the brochure for the 2017-2018 Philadelphia Orchestra season last spring, the concert on Friday evening, March 16, was an immediate check on my list for ticket purchases. The orchestra would be playing Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety . Th...
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

diegobueno wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:30 pm
How'd he do on the Beethoven? That's a pianist killer.
From the thorniest passages, to the serenity of the slow movement, to the grand statements, Aimard was in complete control.
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

Having attended pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recitals in 2010 and 2012, I knew that his recital on Tuesday, March 13, would not be an evening of comfortable entertainment. First, as an ardent advocate of contemporary or modernist music, I knew that at least some of his program would be challengin...
by Ricordanza
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet
Replies: 17
Views: 1617

Re: "Desert Island Discs" 1985, Jorge Bolet

Lance wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:25 am
Originally released in 1960, the film was a major success, with the score winning the Academy Award for Best Music Score.
Interesting. Who accepted the award?
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.

I also have fond memories of Tower Records:

- Browsing in the classical "room" in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey store.

- Hearing Marc-Andre Hamelin for the first time in a live recital at the Tower Records Classical Annex on South Street in Philadelphia. June 9, 1996.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Something there is that loves a wall and doesn't love a tunnel
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Re: Something there is that doesn't love a tunnel

Mr. Trump’s opposition to the project is in part the result of his belief that it is important to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, according to one person with knowledge of the president’s thinking on the issue. Once again, Trump's pettiness and self-absorption (it's all ab...
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sad personal news
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: Sad personal news

John, I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Hank M.
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...
Replies: 19
Views: 1539

Re: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...

(For those who don't know, Harris easily takes the prize as the most distinguished-looking member.) Agreed! And I have the pleasure of seeing Harris fairly regularly at piano recitals sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Next recital: Pierre-Laurent Aimard on March 13, with a progra...
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 19
Views: 1704

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

People refer to Australia's gun controls but we have plenty of hand guns here in the possession of criminals, and drive-by shootings and public executions occur reasonably regularly. But we do not have people brandishing military weapons. Exactly my point. Every society has criminals and those with...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 19
Views: 1704

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

Discussions never focus on individual human evil, it is as if the criminal bore no responsibility for the crime. All anger is directed at external factors and all discussion moves to political or sociological spheres, never to the moral one. Sorry, I don't accept this. Advocates of gun control (lik...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears

My law school dean recently asked me to take a leave of absence next year and to cease teaching a mandatory first-year course. He explained that he was getting “pressure” to banish me for my unpopular views and hoped that my departure would quell the controversy. When I suggested that it was his jo...
by Ricordanza
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: The Huberman Violin

jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:04 am
Oh for heaven's sake, he has family money.
I didn't know that. I was also wondering how he beat the collector.
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

The Huberman Violin

Joshua Bell posted this informative piece about his Strad on the Philadelphia Orchestra website: My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex-Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001. I was in London, getting ready to play a Proms concer...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?
Replies: 13
Views: 1044

Re: Super-Bowl preview: Do Eagles have a shot without Wentz?

The Eagles are a team of destiny. Forget the statistics. They will be the Super Bowl winner. Trust me. Philadelphia is a wonderful city in so many ways and they deserve a winner. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D cliftwood What a game! What a season! It's a great morning to be an Eagles fan...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 1518

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Does everyone feel the same about Dutoit? Yes. This would be the wrong time to feature Dutoit in a radio broadcast. That being said, I will certainly not discard my Dutoit CDs, nor will the recent revelations erase my memories of many outstanding Philadelphia Orchestra concerts under his direction.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 382
Views: 41146

Re: What I listened to today

​First of all, let me clear up for the uninitiated this stuff about the orchestras. Classical music fans do not need this; most are familiar with the story. But many of my readers are not regular classical music fans and must be curious about what the difference is between the Philharmonia and the ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 0
Views: 756

A Scottish flavored evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra

It was certainly an unusual sight at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert—a bagpiper, in full regalia, slowly marching down the left aisle of Verizon Hall, playing a tune with the stirring but mournful sounds of his instrument. We saw and heard this in the final moments of Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkne...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing off
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing

I just found this comment under an article in an online political journal and I think it makes sense. It makes sense if the essence of the matter is Trump's vulgarity. But that's only one aspect of the story. The bigger problem for me is that Trump used vulgarity to express his preference for white...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!

I'm all-Verizon these days: TV, Internet, Cell Phone....and even landline. Customer service is reasonably good, certainly better than Comcast when I had that service about 9 years ago. The only problem I've had with cell phone service is that, for several months, many incoming calls went straight to...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 1806

Re: Season's Greetings

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:13 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
every state in the United States has a town or city named Springfield.
That's right-here in NJ we have a Springfield that borders the town we used to live in-Maplewood NJ. Regards, Len
Actually, there are two Springfields in New Jersey. The other one is in Burlington County.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Battle of the Buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Battle of the Buttons

If someone had told me three or four years ago that the President of the United States was engaged in a social media joust about the size and power of his "button," I would have said that this was an entertaining but highly improbable plot line for a fictional series on one of the cable channels.
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Mann dead at 97
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: Robert Mann dead at 97

On one occasion in the 1960s, for instance, an airline barred Mr. Mann from bringing his Stradivarius aboard as carry-on luggage. Capitulating, he bought a seat for the instrument and belted it in. At mealtime, Mr. Mann tucked a napkin under the seatbelt and insisted that the flight attendant serve...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 9245

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Thanks, Chalkie, for your post. As others have said, I would welcome your more frequent participation in this forum.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postcard tax filing a pipe dream as CPAs eye early retirement
Replies: 5
Views: 740

Re: Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger

Wall Street Journal All that work will have a payoff, at least: CPAs acknowledge the complexity of the new overhaul is likely to ensure demand for their services remains high. There is no more talk that tax rules would be so simple that returns could fit on a postcard. In particular, changes in the...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 382
Views: 41146

Re: What I listened to today

To begin 2018, I listened to a magnificent performance of great music: Murray Perahia's 2000 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Still on a "high" from this.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 9245

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

MHO is that Chalkie may have been hacked by an impersonator, which is trying to ruin his reputation online. It's been known to happen to celebrities before........ I saw the two deleted messages when they first appeared and figured this was the case. That's what I suspected. Lance, any comments?
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 382
Views: 41146

Re: What I listened to today

david johnson wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:57 am
Right now: Smetana/My Country/Kubelik/CSO
Just two days ago, I was listening to the same piece, same conductor, but different orchestra--the Boston Symphony.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit
Replies: 6
Views: 932

Re: Sexual assault accusations levelled against Charles Dutoit

Not surprisingly, this was front page, above the fold, news in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They ran the AP story, plus an article by cultural affairs writer and music critic Peter Dobrin about Dutoit's long and close association with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This afternoon, the following statement...
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: The Hon. Matthew S. Peterson – Trump's next Supreme Court nominee?

Some more thoughts on this issue. While it was momentarily refreshing to see a Republican Senator (John N. Kennedy of Louisiana) take on Peterson and two other judicial nominees, and for those three nominees to withdraw, other bad nominations have proceeded forward. Here's an excerpt from a piece in...