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by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Serkin takes on the Goldberg Variations
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Peter Serkin takes on the Goldberg Variations

Some works are such landmarks in music that when they appear on a concert program, there is a sense of occasion for the event. That was the case Friday evening, January 18, when the well-respected pianist Peter Serkin presented Bach’s Goldberg Variations as the highlight of his recital. Serkin is no...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

I have heard this pianist only once in concert; it was a performance of Prokofiev's 3rd Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra 11 years ago, and he made a strong impression. Here's what I wrote: Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski (lots of consonants, but I’m informed it’s pronounced trip – CHESS – ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 181

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Tommasini's oft-repeated complaint about the standard repertory is a little tiresome, but I can't fault him for his observation that Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony is a little long-winded. It's one of several pieces in the orchestral repertory that could have used some editing. In the book publishin...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 295

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

My collection of LPs, CDs, and books is far less extensive than others who have posted on this thread. If I die while still in this house, then it will be my son's headache. That may seem cruel, but my sister and I had a similar burden when our father died. We handled it--some stuff was donated, som...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: Schiff and Schubert

John F wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:45 pm
As I said, the images Brendel uses to focus his playing are entirely personal. He has never taught, as far as I know.
Imogen Cooper was one of his students. I'm sure there were others.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imogen_Cooper
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1012

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

This is very sad news. I met John in person only once--at one of our "meet-ups"--but felt that I knew him better through our electronic interactions on this site and, to a lesser extent, on Facebook. Our little community here has suffered a tremendous loss. Thanks, Don, for bringing this to our atte...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 204872

Re: What I listened to today

Who here has heard of pianist Edith Farnadi (that is, besides Lance, who has heard of everybody)? Well, I just dug out one of my old vinyl records and confirmed my impression from years ago that this lady was one terrific pianist. In addition to her exuberant, sparkling playing of these Hungarian Rh...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mea Culpa Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: Mea Culpa Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood

I also watched it last night on the Philadelphia PBS affiliate (WHYY). Wonderful concert.
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's Best Classical recordings 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 598

Re: WQXR's Best Classical recordings 2018

I'm disappointed that they didn't include Hilary Hahn's Bach album.

http://www.hilaryhahn.com/albums/hilary ... partita-1/
by Ricordanza
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein
Replies: 0
Views: 661

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

This book exceeded my expectations. I was anticipating a book that provided some interesting anecdotes about Leonard Bernstein and his family from the viewpoint of his eldest daughter. But it’s so much more. Yes, Jamie provides lots of entertaining anecdotes and the book can be enjoyed on that level...
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604279

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Hilary Hahn Plays Bach Twenty-one years ago, at age 17, Hilary Hahn released her disc of three Bach works for solo violin: Sonata No. 3 and Partitas Nos. 2 and 3. This included, of course, the famous Chaconne , the concluding piece of Partita No. 2. All those (including me) who enjoyed this superb ...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Green Book
Replies: 0
Views: 960

Green Book

When I looked up the film "Green Book" in the Internet Movie Data Base, I found this description: "A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South." Obviously, a film I want to see! But having s...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild remembered
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: Earl Wild remembered

I had the good fortune to hear Earl Wild twice in recital. The first time was 1971 and the venue was Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. I (foolishly) did not hold onto the printed program, but I do remember a mesmerizing performance of Chopin's 4th Ballade. The next time was 2004. Here are my impre...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

I think the list is filled mostly with mediocrities. Amen! And even those which rise above mediocrity are hardly "essential," as there are other and often finer recordings of the same music which aren't mentioned here. (I note the absence of the names of Schnabel, Toscanini, and Furtwängler just fo...
by Ricordanza
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk plus three violinists...
Replies: 1
Views: 1901

Jeremy Denk plus three violinists...

...equals a unique evening of music. Look up the word denken in a German-English dictionary and you’ll find that it means to think in English. How appropriate! Whenever pianist Jeremy Denk comes to town for a concert, we know we’ll get something to think about. There was plenty to think about—and en...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hula Hoop Hilary
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Hula Hoop Hilary

We already know that Hilary Hahn, technically and musically, is a superb violinist. So I think she's entitled to a show off a little bit and have some fun. Here she is, with two associates, performing Paganini's 24th Caprice while keeping a hula hoop going (most of the time). Watch and enjoy! https:...
by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: When the Music Stopped, by Bob Cafaro
Replies: 0
Views: 1361

When the Music Stopped, by Bob Cafaro

This self-published book by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bob Cafaro is sub-titled "My Battle and Victory against MS." In scary detail, he describes the three "attacks" of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) he endured in 1998 and 1999, and the treatments he underwent to alleviate the symptoms. At first, he wa...
by Ricordanza
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 3346

Re: Karl Henning

My best wishes to Karl for a complete recovery. I've donated as well.
by Ricordanza
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

The Democrats (my party) have been in chaos since the 2016 election and have no coherent message except Trump hatred. I half agree with this statement, and she has some other insights. However, I take issue with Paglia's view of the "deep state" or the "bureaucracy." The only reason our country has...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's richest person
Replies: 2
Views: 1094

Re: Australia's richest person

Who can tell what private heartache is part of the world of the rich and famous? .... Mrs. Rinehart, who is about the same age as me, has been involved in a very public battle with her own 4 children over her businesses and wealth. Well, there you go. There's plenty of heartache to go around when a...
by Ricordanza
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 1138

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

In addition to being a superb pianist, Jeremy Denk is a gifted writer.

The book sounds interesting; I'm putting it on my list.
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How lies become truth in online America
Replies: 0
Views: 1352

How lies become truth in online America

This article in the Washington Post is fascinating--and disturbing: ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America By Eli Saslow November 17 at 7:40 PM NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, ...
by Ricordanza
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's new cd picks for October
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: WQXR's new cd picks for October

Have not heard any of these eclectic selections, several artists new to me: https://www.wqxr.org/story/best-classical-new-releases-october-2018 Most of the performers are new to me as well, but I am familiar with Rachel Barton Pine. She's one of my favorite violinists and I have several of her reco...
by Ricordanza
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Imogen Cooper - power and serenity
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Imogen Cooper - power and serenity

It’s been a turbulent week. Many of us are still reeling from the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. A bitter and divisive election campaign—dominated by negative attack ads--ended on Tuesday, resulting in a divided Congress. The next day, Attorney...
by Ricordanza
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 1429

My jaw literally dropped...

when I read this. Here's a quote from the new Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States, Matthew Whitaker. I'm a lawyer, but I don't think you have to be a lawyer to recognize how far, far out this is. “There are so many” bad rulings, Mr. Whitaker said. “I would start with the idea of Marbu...
by Ricordanza
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Strict constructionists only when it suits them
Replies: 6
Views: 1811

Strict constructionists only when it suits them

For today's rant, I'm calling out the right wing folks who have been complaining for years about the "judicial activists." They say that Supreme Court justices (and other appellate judges) should apply the words of the Constitution, not look behind those words to stretch the meaning of that document...
by Ricordanza
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 3039

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

I hope that all goes well and that you have a smooth recovery.

HM
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 6214

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Quiery: Have you or anyone else here ever heard Hough in concert or recital? Does he travel much to the U. S.? Yes, I've heard Hough in concert. There may have been an earlier occasion, but the most recent concert took place on St. Patrick's Day, 2011. And what did the Philadelphia Orchestra play o...
by Ricordanza
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 6214

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

For a better version of Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations, you can't go wrong with Trifonov, who is currently recording the other concerti with Nezet-Seguin & Philadelphia (Forgive me if I promote my hometown band! :D ). You're forgiven. I feel privileged to hear them in concert on a regular basis...
by Ricordanza
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lesser heard "Paganini Variations"
Replies: 2
Views: 1461

Re: Lesser heard "Paganini Variations"

I've had the good fortune to hear Hamelin perform these variations twice: as an encore at a 2012 recital and as part of the main program in a 2015 recital. This was my impression in 2012: Hamelin then launched into this work, playing the familiar theme with a slightly off-kilter harmony and followin...
by Ricordanza
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 1963

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

All these names are new to me. However, I did look up Vijay Gupta and came across this Washington Post article. His story is very interesting: Vijay Gupta: The violinist for LA’s skid row wins a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant By Antonia Noori Farzan October 5 at 5:53 AM Walt Disney Concert Hall, a $274 mi...
by Ricordanza
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 1854

Re: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

david johnson wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:47 am
Muckey wed one of the NYPO string players a couple of years ago.
As I recall, he was also Yuja Wang's boyfriend at one time.
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 3276

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

Nowadays I never pick up my phone unless I recognize the caller's name or ID number. If a legit caller is too vain to leave a message, then I can't be bothered. That's my strategy as well. In addition, Verizon allows me to block up to 100 numbers (on my land line). That has cut down on the scam cal...
by Ricordanza
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An evening of superb piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: An evening of superb piano music

Following by Granados - Goyescas played by Alicia de Larrocha. Again, these look so difficult to play, but what magnificent music!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0aVTPvYQ4Y In my piano student days, inspired by this very same recording, I bought the music and tried to learn one of these pieces. ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Anthony Tommasini, Times chief classical music critic In my early teens I was overwhelmed by Stravinsky’s 1910 ballet score “The Firebird” — in the recording conducted by Stravinsky — even before I knew what was going on in the fairy-tale story, about a wondrous firebird that helps a prince rescue ...
by Ricordanza
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

A few comments from a retiring oboist

Richard Woodhams, the outstanding principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, recently retired after four decades with the orchestra. Two of his colleagues also retired, and their messages were cordial, but rather general. Woodhams went beyond generalities. Here's what he had to say: I've had a...
by Ricordanza
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Trump's War on Workers
Replies: 1
Views: 1515

Donald Trump's War on Workers

This column from the Washington Post sums up the sad state of affairs on this Labor Day: Donald Trump’s war on workers By Paul Waldman Opinion writer September 3 at 2:34 PM It’s Labor Day, and the president wants American workers to know he’s coming through for them: Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTru...
by Ricordanza
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 1868

Re: The Village Voice RIP

This is sad. When I lived in NYC and went to CCNY, I was a regular reader of the Voice.
by Ricordanza
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata
Replies: 5
Views: 1315

Re: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata

I may have mentioned it here before: Hamelin played the sonata's first movement as an encore at his benefit recital for WHRB. The main program had consisted mostly of Hamelin specialties and applause for the Schubert was merely polite, but I thought it was first rate. Afterwards we asked Hamelin if...
by Ricordanza
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT's Maggie Haberman delves deep into how Trump views the Press
Replies: 3
Views: 1653

Re: NYT's Maggie Haberman delves deep into how Trump views the Press

This is one hour long. Can you give us highlights?
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My clothes dryer plays Schubert
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

My clothes dryer plays Schubert

It was my turn to go down to the basement and bring up a load of towels from the (Samsung) clothes dryer. The cycle was just finishing and the dryer was playing a tune to announce that. It took me a couple of seconds to recognize the tune--I'm not used to hearing it in tinkly electronic format--but ...
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 4257

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

As some of you know, my last name is Maurer. Like Stein, it's a German word; it means Mason. The correct (German) pronunciation is Mowrer (as in the exclamation "Ow!). But growing up, my parents pronounced it Mawrer. It was not until I moved to the Philadelphia area that I encountered other Maurers,...
by Ricordanza
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist Maria Milstein
Replies: 6
Views: 1568

Re: Violinist Maria Milstein

Can't help wondering if she's a relative of Nathan. The bio gives no clue, one way or the other.
by Ricordanza
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keene plays Hummel
Replies: 9
Views: 1633

Re: Keene plays Hummel

Donald Isler wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:12 am
1) I never before heard the story of Schumann injuring himself while practicing that sonata. Interesting!
I thought that Schumann injured himself while using a mechanical device to improve the strength and flexibility of his fingers.
by Ricordanza
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

I saw MI-Fallout a couple of days ago. I've only seen one other MI film (the first one) and I'm not a fan of "action" movies in general, but this film is undeniably spectacular. It's two and a half hours long but holds your attention for every minute.
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 2320

Re: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

I can't recall if they converted to Christianity or not, like Mendelssohn. Lance, as noted in the article, Anton Rubinstein's family converted to Christianity: Yet Rubinstein barely identified as Jewish; his family voluntarily converted to Russian Orthodoxy when he was a child. Such a conversion, B...
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 2320

Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

This article from the Forward cites the opinion of Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, that Anton Rubinstein is "forgotten" because of anti-Semitism. Is that accurate? Or is Rubinstein simply one of many second-tier 19th Century composers whose works are rarely performe...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For Donald, the best questions come from reporters who never ask them
Replies: 3
Views: 860

Re: For Donald, the best questions come from reporters who never ask them

Reporters routinely ask Trump questions about the news of the day, and many times the president answers — sometimes engaging in a lengthy back-and-forth on multiple topics. When he does not want to answer, he typically says “Thank you,” and staffers hurry reporters out of the room. If Trump doesn't...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 2694

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

A rough kick in the crotch is what they need. However, I do not understand how there can be a statute of limitations for some crimes but not one for allegations. How does that work? A statute of limitations is a time limit on commencing a criminal prosecution. For example, if there is a 12-year sta...