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by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When the truth is not the whole truth
Replies: 1
Views: 25

When the truth is not the whole truth

When a witness appears in court under oath, the witness swears that he or she will tell "the whole truth." I just saw a glaring example today of a statement that is NOT the whole truth. It's the Minneapolis Police Department's initial press release about the death....excuse me, the murder....of Geor...
by Ricordanza
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Our Letter to the White House
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Our Letter to the White House

Brian, I suspect that the Biden administration follows the practice of previous administrations in selecting a small sample of the thousands of letters that are received for the President to read himself. I also think that there's a good chance the eloquent and heartfelt letter you sent will make th...
by Ricordanza
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates

It's not clear from the article: Where will the NY Philharmonic perform during the 2021-22 season? I'm assuming that by the Fall of 2021, audiences will be allowed in concert halls and theaters in NYC.
by Ricordanza
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All-Bach virtual recital by Angela Hewitt on Sunday, March 28
Replies: 9
Views: 541

Re: All-Bach virtual recital by Angela Hewitt on Sunday, March 28

cliftwood wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:53 pm
Happy to return to CMG after a long absence. A special hello to maestro and Ricordanza.
Good to hear from you! I hope to see you at future PCMS recitals.

By the way, did you notice that Angela Hewitt's Fazioli has 4 pedals? It appears that the 4th pedal is an additional type of soft pedal.
by Ricordanza
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's going on with President Biden?
Replies: 22
Views: 966

Re: What's going on with President Biden?

The press conference (this morning AEDT) - when he was asked questions about gun control, in particular - was weird and embarrassing. And he says he'll run again in 2024!! We have been discussing this with friends and relatives, who have real concerns about his performance and that President Biden ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No Way Washington DC Should Become A State
Replies: 14
Views: 716

Re: No Way Washington DC Should Become A State

david johnson wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:19 am
DC should remain a district.
Why? Do you have an objection that you could share with us, other than the fact that most D.C. voters hold political views that are different than yours?
by Ricordanza
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Len Goran
Replies: 15
Views: 486

Happy Birthday Len Goran

Best wishes on your birthday, to my fellow New Jersey resident.
by Ricordanza
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let’s Make the Future That the ‘New World’ Symphony Predicted
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Let’s Make the Future That the ‘New World’ Symphony Predicted

To start, organizations should reject the uncritical valorization of white composers of the past who appropriated Black or Indigenous musical styles — Dvorak, for example, or George Gershwin — as if programming their work comes at no cost to composers of color, past and present. The editor in me gr...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America Could Use a Liberal Party
Replies: 2
Views: 131

America Could Use a Liberal Party

An intriguing proposal from an always interesting conservative writer. I share virtually all of the tenets he spells out. However, his ideas and my ideas on what constitutes "sensible regulation," for example, would probably keep us in separate political parties. America Could Use a Liberal Party T...
by Ricordanza
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: I had my Pfizer Shot #1 today!

My wife and I had our first Pfizer shots on February 17 and our second shots on March 10. I had very slight arm soreness after the first shot, but otherwise, neither of us had any adverse reaction.
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ron Johnson Does It Again
Replies: 5
Views: 640

Re: Ron Johnson Does It Again

I knew those are people that....truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break a law
He's not only racist, he's delusional!
by Ricordanza
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet
Replies: 10
Views: 607

Re: Ernest Ansermet

Some of Ansermet's views were highly repugnant. Although he was one of the first classical musicians to take jazz seriously, praising Sidney Bechet in 1919, his comments on atonality and Schoenberg are repulsive and anti-Semitic. According to Wikipedia: In Ansermet's book, Les fondements de la musi...
by Ricordanza
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges

I have a confession: Until I read this article, I didn't know that live human beings still inhabited Easter Island. I thought that the only current inhabitants were the huge stone statues. So now I've learned something. By the way, I listened to a couple of the sound samples from her album--she's a ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Florence Price's Piano concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Florence Price's Piano concerto

In the past couple of years, the Philadelphia Orchestra has made a special effort to program works by female and African-American composers. Florence Price, who lived from 1887 to 1953, happens to fit both categories. But after hearing a performance of her “Piano Concerto in One Movement,” it’s clea...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: OT We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: OT We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine

We Get Lucky On Covid Vaccine Tues night we got a call on an automated system that Sue could get her first dose of Moderna on Fri 9AM-on Thurs the snow came and we thought we'd have to cancel but the snowplow guy came early and we were able to make the appointment-once there Sue asked at the desk i...
by Ricordanza
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84
Replies: 12
Views: 788

Re: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

As a long-time subscriber to New York Magazine, I'm familiar with the name. However, his articles in that magazine were almost exclusively about opera, so I rarely read his work (I'm more attuned to instrumental music).
by Ricordanza
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A third of U.S. troops are declining to be vaccinated, the Pentagon says.
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: A third of U.S. troops are declining to be vaccinated, the Pentagon says.

Most states have relied on National Guard personnel to help respond to the pandemic, including assisting with vaccine distribution and even putting shots in arms. The Biden administration recently announced that it would open 100 new vaccination sites around the country, operated by the Federal Eme...
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?

But, as we have long agreed, nothing replaces actually being in the room. I concur, and I'm anxious to resume going to concerts in Philadelphia--piano recitals, chamber ensembles, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the meantime, here's my next digital concert. It will be available from February 18t...
by Ricordanza
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Some good news for concerts in the COVID era?

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer featured an article describing how the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has, in some ways, prospered during the pandemic: Digital shows have brought in 10 times the audience for Philly’s PCMS, real money, and maybe a new business model by Peter Dobrin, Posted: Februar...
by Ricordanza
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1353
Views: 949208

Re: What I listened to today

Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne
Any relation to Orchestre de la Suisse Romande?
by Ricordanza
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense

He has today reportedly hired 2 new ones, who perhaps have convinced him to use only the " unconstitutional impeachment " defense rather than " stolen election" defense, as he may have been shocked when the other 5 quit.And 2 who may be working pro bono in hopes of other GOP business or PR.But the ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: House G.O.P. has a problem with Marjorie 'Wackjob' Greene‘s (Hard) Right extremism
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: House G.O.P. has a problem with Marjorie 'Wackjob' Greene‘s (hard) Right extremism

Liking a comment suggesting the 2018 massacre of students in Parkland, Fla., was a “false flag” and calling a student gun-control activist who attended the school “little Hitler” Claiming much the same thing about the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Greene responded ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.

But as the presiding officer, Mr. Leahy could issue rulings on key questions around the admissibility of evidence and whether a trial of a former president is even allowed under the Constitution. (Mr. Leahy is also still expected to have a vote in the trial, like other senators.) ..... Mr. Leahy’s ...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine

Based on what I've heard from others, I should consider myself fortunate: I was able to get an appointment at a nearby "mega-site" in Southern New Jersey for February 17. Great news! I have family who live in that region, so would also appreciate knowing how you did that, if you can spare the time!...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: The Maddening Red Tape Facing Older People Who Want the Vaccine

Based on what I've heard from others, I should consider myself fortunate: I was able to get an appointment at a nearby "mega-site" in Southern New Jersey for February 17.
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Trump deplorables and race
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: The Trump deplorables and race

The Capitol riot has ended the notion that the president’s hardcore base was motivated by economic anxiety. It has always been about race.
This has been my view of the Trump movement since the start of his campaign in 2015. "Make America Great Again" is code for "Make America White Again."
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1925

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Something worth remembering - as clearly you have. Do you remember the lady? Yes, I remember Lisa G. And I remember when I picked her up at her parents' apartment, and I told her mother where we were going, her mother gave me a peculiar look and made some comment about what "PDQ" stood for. I guess...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1925

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Strangely, the Wikipedia page states that he gave his New York concerts in Avery Fisher Hall, but I never saw him there, only in Carnegie. I saw Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach at Avery Fisher Hall (I believe it was still called Philharmonic Hall at the time). This was in 1967 or 1968, and it was my first...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Manatee endures the terrible burden of 'TRUMP' on its back
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Manatee endures the terrible burden of 'TRUMP' on its back

The intellectual side of me supports the rule of law and the 8th Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

The emotional side of me calls for a similar punishment for the human perpetrator that this poor creature endured.
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1353
Views: 949208

Re: What I listened to today

Yes, Hank, thank you! I found the Bridge Sonata posted on her website linked below, along with 5 other videos of her playing. Unfortunately, her CD that is pictured above is not available on amazon for streaming, so I will try to look elsewhere for the balance. Here is the Clarke Sonata (different ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1353
Views: 949208

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71WjXiJjzHL._SL1200_.jpg I first heard Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata (arranged for cello) on the radio, played by a different cellist. This piece made an immediate impression on me, which was only strengthened on second hearing when I acquired this r...
by Ricordanza
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: Happy 90th Birthday, Cliftwood!

Harris, my best wishes to you on your milestone birthday! I hope that there are many more to follow, and I look forward to seeing you again at PCMS concerts.

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by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Masons' NYC debut
Replies: 5
Views: 1846

Re: Masons' NYC debut

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:12 pm
I believe Ricordanza here has attended a live recital (?).
Yes, Steve, I attended a recital by the Masons last December and posted a review:

http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... =3&t=50650
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1353
Views: 949208

Re: What I listened to today

Well, it wasn't today, but two days ago. Most of the snow had melted and the weather was mild enough to get me out of the house for a long walk in the neighborhood. My companion for the walk was this album: some of Chopin's greatest works played by one of the leading Chopin interpreters of our time....
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stimulus Offers $15 Billion in Relief for Struggling Arts Venues
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Stimulus Offers $15 Billion in Relief for Struggling Arts Venues

In his recently posted video, Trump has called for increasing the individual payment from $600 to $2,000, while slamming several spending provisions, including the payments to cultural institutions described above. So what will happen? Your guess is as good as mine.
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Friday Morning Piano Quartet
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: My Friday Morning Piano Quartet

Thanks for posting. I liked your piece.
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1353
Views: 949208

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81re2j3x6hL._SX425_.jpg On Wednesday, December 16, in honor of Beethoven's 250th, I played one of my old LP's: Rudolf Serkin's performance of the Piano Concerto No. 4 with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Looking at this record b...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The truth about Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 468

The truth about Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

There's a little back story with this, so bear with me while I explain. The "Classical Masterpieces" channel of Music Choice was playing on the TV while I was in another room. I heard the familiar strains of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and, when the violin entered, heard some particularly fine p...
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!

Thanks, Don and Brian, for the good wishes.
H
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

OK, here is the letter to the editor The title put up by the NY Poat editors is "Canceling Classics ". "As a lifelong classical musician and an unabashed liberal , I found Jonathan Tobin's article on the alleged threat of 'wokesters' to the immortal Ludwig van Beethoven and classical music in gener...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

THEHORN wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:06 pm

I wrote a letter to them by email saying who ridiculous all of this is , and by golly, they printed it !
I'd like to read that letter. Can you post it here?
by Ricordanza
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

And then there's this disgraceful recommendation as to what should happen to him. Regards, Len :( :( :( Trump attorney issues call for violence against former election cybersecurity official Anderson Cooper 360 Appearing on The Howie Carr radio show, Trump campaign attorney Joe diGenova said that f...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

Last night, I watched an interview on 60 Minutes of Christopher Krebs, the Homeland Security official who was fired by Trump for saying that the 2020 election was the most secure in history. He is described as a life-long Republican. After watching that interview, I had one reaction--Biden should hi...
by Ricordanza
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Not that the Times is flawless of course, and I was very disturbed at the sacking of the opinion editor after some staff rebelled about the Cotton oped. That disturbed me as well. The Times' explanation said that the Cotton piece shouldn't have run because it didn't meet their "standards," but they...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times
Replies: 8
Views: 485

How Trump boosted the "failing" New York Times

Whenever the New York Times published an article critical of Trump (or a factual article that he perceived as critical), Trump would respond by Tweet or during a speech and invariably refer to the newspaper as "the failing New York Times." Well, that newspaper hasn't failed yet. In fact, Trump has b...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1035

Re: Have you noticed? ROBO calls!!!

Lance, I share your pain. Every day, we get calls on our landline from telemarketers, scams, etc. I don't pick up if I don't recognize the caller, but that doesn't solve the problem. On non-work days, I usually settle into a comfortable chair in the late afternoon and try to doze off for a while. In...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises

Thanks for posting this article, Len. I was fortunate to hear Sheku in concert last December, along with his sister Isata, and reported on it here:

http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... =3&t=50650

I hope his next tour across the pond includes Philadelphia.