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by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 Tishrei 5775
Replies: 1
Views: 593

10 Tishrei 5775

Wishing an easy fast to those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 1 Tishrei 5775
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

1 Tishrei 5775

Wishing a very good New Year (which begins Wednesday evening) to all those who observe it.
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck!
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Happy Birthday Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck!

Wishing very Happy Birthdays to Teresa, Dulcinea and JBuck, who have their birthdays today, tomorrow and the day after!
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opening night at Carnegie Hall, 1891
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Opening night at Carnegit Hall, 1891

Thanks, John, but I can't take much credit for this. I simply shared what another friend had already posted.
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Chamber Music Concert – Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 2357

Chamber Music Concert – Summit Music Festival

Chamber Music Concert - Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York August 4th, 2014 Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 108 Dmitri Berlinsky, violin Efrem Briskin, piano Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor Dmitri Berlinsky, violin Michael Klotz, viola Andre...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pavel Narsessian, Pianist - Summit Music Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 1780

Pavel Narsessian, Pianist - Summit Music Festival

Pavel Narsessian, Pianist Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College Purchase, New York July 27th, 2014 Prokofiev: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 32 Tchaikovsky: Children’s Album Liszt: Sonata in B Minor The riches of quality summertime concerts in the New York City area are many. There is the just con...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1775

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF

Massimiliano Ferrati - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 25th, 2014 Haydn: Andante and Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6 Federico Gardella: Invenzione del Margine (2014) World Premiere (dedicated to Massimiliano Ferrati) Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Maj...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Akiko Ebi - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1792

Akiko Ebi - IKIF

Akiko Ebi - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 24th, 2014 Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 Takemitsu: Rain Tree 2 Chopin: Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1 Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, N...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF
Replies: 1
Views: 1998

Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF

Alexandre Moutouzkine - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 23rd, 2014 Beethoven: Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de Salon, Op. 10 M. C. Graves: Currency Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op. 25 Before this concert started IKIF Foun...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Yuan Sheng - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1906

Yuan Sheng - IKIF

Yuan Sheng - IKIF 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 22nd, 2014 Gao Ping: Autumn Pond (2012) Debussy: Twelve Preludes, Book 1 CPE Bach: Fantasie in F-Sharp Minor, H. 300, Wq. 67 Beethoven: Andante Favori, WoO 57 Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (“Wal...
by Donald Isler
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: David Dubal Lecture – Great Performances - IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1978

David Dubal Lecture – Great Performances - IKIF

Pianist, author and radio personality David Dubal believes that America is a great country but that no one is interested in art anymore; that we are in need of “artistic evangelism.” He also says that pianists are his favorite people. In a lecture of almost two hours he played many examples of great...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The Recorded Legacy of Vladimir Horowitz – IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1623

The Recorded Legacy of Vladimir Horowitz – IKIF

A talk on this subject with Jon Samuels and Joseph Patrych at City College was reviewed for the Classical Music Guide (http://www.classicalmusicguide.com) by me in the “Classical Chatterbox” section on October 18th of last year. Sunday’s presentation also included David Dubal, as well as performance...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: David Dubal Lecture: Great American Pianists – IKIF
Replies: 0
Views: 1654

David Dubal Lecture: Great American Pianists – IKIF

David Dubal maintains that pianistic standards in America are as high as anywhere. Giving his apologies to many other distinguished pianists who, but for time limits, might have been included here, he produced a list of 20 great American pianists, and played brief excerpts of their work. One could w...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Alexander Schimpf - IKIF
Replies: 3
Views: 2149

Alexander Schimpf - IKIF

Alexander Schimpf 16th International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College July 16th, 2014 Bach: Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914 Sieber: Augenblicke – eine Sammlung (2008) – US Premiere Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse Beethoven: Sonata in B-Flat major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”) Although yesterday wa...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Memoirs of Mary Wilbur
Replies: 1
Views: 2685

Re: Memoirs of Mary Wilbur

Sad news: Mary Wilbur died this morning, three months short of her 96th birthday. Until the last month or two she had been active, and even during the last week she was alert, listening to stories and poems her family told her, and joking with them. She was a remarkable lady.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

Thanks for the additional information, John. It's impressive how much you know about this stuff!
by Donald Isler
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

You may be right, John, that most or all of the people listed made 78's, which Keene and Hungerford, and probably Aeschbacher, didn't. (Keene's husband, Abram Chasins, is on the list.) Joe Patrych suspects that this may also be the reason. I was surprised at the number of names of people on this lis...
by Donald Isler
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: Buyer's Guide to Historic Piano Recordings

Thanks for alerting us to this new buyer's guide, John. Although it's interesting, I am disappointed that none of the historic releases I've produced on KASP Records, of Aeschbacher, Keene and Hungerford, are mentioned, though a lot of other pianists are who were certainly not of greater importance ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 1947

Re: Happy Birthday to Lance

Hope it's a great one!
by Donald Isler
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1881

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

Actually, JBuck, although I noticed the thread awhile ago I only got around to listening to Messrs. Cortot and Cziffra last night.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1881

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

Mystery solved. Yes, Cortot played faster than Cziffra but not, as I suspected, fast enough to save 2 minutes. I just listened to his recording (as well as Cziffra's) with the score in front of me. (Having not played the piece in 20 years I didn't want to rely on my memory.) The Cortot performance l...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 31, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 1881

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

My performance, also on Youtube, takes 7:09, but I'm not a virtuoso in league with these guys. Cziffra was almost super-human, and Cortot's mind made him seem almost that, even when his fingers didn't follow along with everything he wanted them to do.
by Donald Isler
Wed May 14, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Re: Curtis Institute

Saw the following announcement of a radio program on www.wwfm.org: "Thursday at 10 pm This week's guest is 100 year old, renowned piano teacher Eleanor Sokoloff. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia beginning in 1931, joined the faculty in 1936 and continues to teach at Curtis ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 01, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY

Thanks for your interest, Maestro and John. No, I don't expect to make a CD of the recital. Nor do I think I'm in a position to review it(!). It's also true that I haven't made a Youtube recording of Op. 111, though I've made a CD of it.
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY

A Recital by Pianist Donald Isler Saturday May 17th @ 7:00PM Faust Harrison Piano Showroom and Factory 214 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606 Admission is free. Please RSVP to events@FaustHarrisonPianos.com The program will include the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor of Mendelssohn, four selections fr...
by Donald Isler
Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene

Yes, I studied with her. She was quite an inspiring artist, and a wonderful virtuoso, not only then, when she was young (29) but 45 years later when she gave a terrific recital in Houston, which I've released on my record label (KASP Records.) Why the tape ran too fast (making the piece a half tone ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Only Video of Pianist Constance Keene

In between performances by singers Charles Kullman and Nadine Conner is the only available video I know of featuring pianist Constance Keene, made in 1950 (when she was 29 years old) playing the Chopin Polonaise in A-Flat major. A wonderful performance despite the fact the the music is a half tone s...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harris Goldsmith New York Times Obituary
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Harris Goldsmith New York Times Obituary

Harris Goldsmith, Critic and Classical Pianist, Dies at 78 By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER APRIL 20, 2014 Harris Goldsmith, a rarity in classical music for his simultaneous careers as a professional pianist and a music critic, died on April 2 in Manhattan. He was 78. His death, of congestive heart failure, was...
by Donald Isler
Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why I wasn't posting for about a month
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Why I wasn't posting for about a month

Very sorry, indeed, to hear of your experience. Hope you keep getting better and better again!
by Donald Isler
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Agnes Selby!
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Happy Birthday, Agnes Selby!

As it is already the 4th of April in Sydney it is time to wish our distinguished friend, Agnes Selby, the biographer of Constanze Mozart, a very happy birthday!
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Well, I performed Sunday mass at St. Peter's!
Replies: 66
Views: 3146

Re: Well, I performed Sunday mass at St. Peter's!

Congratulations on this wonderful occasion!
by Donald Isler
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday Lenny
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Happy Birthday Lenny

Have a very Happy Birthday!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ten years on CMG
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Ten years on CMG

Yes, I could have checked my own date. Didn't look there when I made my previous comment. Probably you're both right about the date I joined, Barney and Lenny, as Barney's 16 hours ahead of us!
by Donald Isler
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ten years on CMG
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Ten years on CMG

Interesting, John, that you remember the date you joined CMG. I remember all sorts of other dates but would have to look up the date I joined (though I usually remember the birthdays of most of my friends here). Anyway, I'm glad you chose to mark the occasion, as you're one of the people whose parti...
by Donald Isler
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music In America Is Dead..Slate, January 14, 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1709

Re: Classical Music In America Is Dead..Slate, January 14, 2

A wonderful reaction from your student, Tarantella!
by Donald Isler
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Want you to know of my mother's passing
Replies: 16
Views: 1957

Re: Want you to know of my mother's passing

Very sorry, indeed, to hear this sad news. I spoke with your mother once, and had the feeling she was a wonderful person. My best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 15
Views: 1510

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Thank you, once again, to my fellow Capricorns (or horns!) and everyone else!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 15
Views: 1510

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Many thanks for all the good wishes! I appreciate them!
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Louis Lortie presents an all-Liszt recital
Replies: 1
Views: 1510

Re: Louis Lortie presents an all-Liszt recital

Another very interesting and well-written review!
by Donald Isler
Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

As it's already the 13th of January in Australia it's time to wish our friend Holden a very Happy Birthday!