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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: 23

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: 76

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: 112

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: 80

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: 144

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: 885

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: 885

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: 241

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: 241

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: 357

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: 598

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: 357

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: 357

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: 357

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: 395

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: 713

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: 424

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: 424

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: 192

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: 267

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: 276

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: 241

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: 470

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: 1175

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: 446

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: 531

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: 232

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: 421

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: 514

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: 510

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: 421

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: 360

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: 635

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: 720

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: 1015

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: 616

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: 1187

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: 1187

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: 2776

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: 430

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: 1050

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: 406

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: 371

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: 1159

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: 402

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: 402

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: 383

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: 399

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: 758

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...