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by Ricordanza
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hula Hoop Hilary
Replies: 1
Views: 58

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: 33

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: 13
Views: 345

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: 324

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: 455

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: 464

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: 318

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: 315

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: 627

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: 638

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: 1072

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: 2260

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: 5125

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: 5125

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: 1312

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: 1416

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: 1614

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: 2936

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: 775

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: 1291

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: 1152

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: 1334

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: 1669

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: 1211

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: 1489

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: 1154

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: 3793

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: 1396

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: 1360

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: 1512

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: 1925

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: 1925

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: 709

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: 2413

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...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Re: Alon Goldstein and Co. - IKIF

Don, my first thought after reading your review was: I wish I still lived in or near NYC, so I could have attended a concert like this. My second thought was: Why couldn't we have such a concert in Philadelphia? So I forwarded your review to the artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music So...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Tomoki Sakata - IKIF
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

Re: Tomoki Sakata - IKIF

Thanks, Don, for this excellent review. I usually review every piano recital I attend, but not this time. Don and I sat together at this recital and I informed him, right at the beginning, that I would defer to him for the purposes of posting a review on CMG. Glad I did--Don's review reflects the de...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 34244

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Belle wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:23 am
Names please!!
From left, Theresa and Brian (MaestroB), Hank Maurer (Ricordanza), Donald Isler, John Francis, Garrett Schatzer (Iced Note), Sue Goran, Larry Rinkel. Lenny Goran took the photo.
by Ricordanza
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 34244

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

John B, we'll miss you, but hope you make a full recovery.

Hope you weren't trying to imitate Lully.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lully
by Ricordanza
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 11
Views: 1609

Re: The Queen's Handbag

Excellent reply, John F, to which I will only add that all women in decent society carry a handbag. I'll also thank John F for posting that informative article. My question about the Queen was prompted when I looked at other women leaders during Trump's European trip. I suppose that Theresa May and...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 11
Views: 1609

The Queen's Handbag

Perhaps someone from the UK can answer this question: Why does the Queen always carry a handbag? What does she need that her hundreds of staff members can't get for her? Money? Driver's License? Tissues? https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000006006567/trump-queen-elizabeth-windsor-castle-...
by Ricordanza
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 3959

Re: Classical records for children

As a child I loved Peter and the Wolf, also Carnival of the Animals, and there were several works, especially Mozart and Schubert, that I asked my parents to put on the turntable incessantly. As I've posted before, Schubert's fifth symphony is the first classical work I am aware of knowing by name,...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 34244

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Chalkperson wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:38 am
I should be able to make July 18th lunch.

Will be good to see you all again.
Glad you can join us!
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A slogan instead of a policy
Replies: 9
Views: 1531

Re: A slogan instead of a policy

Trump now says that calls to abolish ICE will hurt the Democrats, and I think he's right! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/01/us/politics/trump-interview-ice-trade-nafta.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news And I agr...
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:25 am
Ricordanza wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:46 am
I couldn't make out the rest of this line at the very end: "Please buy the record because....."

What did he say?

" .... because we are all in great need of money."
:lol:
by Ricordanza
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: Humorous promo tape by Horowitz

I couldn't make out the rest of this line at the very end: "Please buy the record because....."

What did he say?
by Ricordanza
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A slogan instead of a policy
Replies: 9
Views: 1531

A slogan instead of a policy

I was glad to see the tens of thousands of people who turned out for the demonstrations on Saturday against Trump's immigration policy. I would have gone to the Philadelphia demonstration--but decided that being on my feet for two or three hours in nearly 100 degree heat was not the wisest course of...
by Ricordanza
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 3547

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

My experience with Facebook has been positive as well. The main benefit has been the opportunity to keep up with friends, family members, and classmates who live in other states, and even other countries. Last year's highly successful 50th reunion of my high school class was essentially organized th...
by Ricordanza
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 5909

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

First, modernistfan, holding a Ph.D. from Harvard, however impressive, does not make you a Harvard graduate, any more than I am a Yale graduate. You are a graduate of your undergraduate college. Hmmmm. This view does not appear to be shared by the university from which I received a Master's degree ...
by Ricordanza
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 5511

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance, best wishes on your birthday!