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by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Down With the Piano!!!!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 4258

I agree with Lance and Teresa. Any mode of producing music, whether the human voice, or drumming, or any other instrument has limitations in range, pitch and timbre. These limitations are also challenges. For example, the piano is officially (though I hate to admit it!) an instrument where the sound...
by Donald Isler
Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Alice Tully to Get BIG Facelift!
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

Funny that I remembered being there in '74 for the Rubinstein masterclass and forgot that there also was a Hungerford all-Beethoven recital there that year. Saw Brendel in the audience. (Although he became much better known, I always felt that Alfred could learn a few things from Bruce!)
by Donald Isler
Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: KARL HENNING: Birthday on October 6th!
Replies: 30
Views: 4362

Terrific! Congratulations, Karl!
by Donald Isler
Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Alice Tully to Get BIG Facelift!
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

I hope any changes are for the better, as I rather like the hall. In 1969, when I was in high school, I was with a large group of people invited to spend the evening listening to many groups of different sizes try out the acoustics of the soon-to-be inaugurated hall. It wasn't very satisfying musica...
by Donald Isler
Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Slavonic Dances
Replies: 23
Views: 5196

Well I like them!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rememberance Day
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Yes, Ralph. I'm sure she will learn about them. I'm just happy for her that war has not been something she had to worry about thus far.

And Happy Birthday, Johnny!
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rememberance Day
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

The other day I was speaking with a very bright and musical 10 year old student who, thus far at least, is not a great historian. "Do you know which war Veteran's Day comes from?" I asked. "The Vietnam War?" she tried. "No" I answered. "World War I." "Is that when Pearl Harbor happened?" she asked. ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Piano Man Lance, Whatcha Think About This Book?
Replies: 2
Views: 785

I've heard a Fazioli piano on at least one occasion, and liked it. I wonder what the Steingraeber, and Stuart pianos sound like? Has anyone heard either of them? And I wonder what my Australian teacher, Bruce Hungerford, would have thought about an Australian piano? I'm sure he would have liked it i...
by Donald Isler
Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting Practice String Instruments Created By My Uncle
Replies: 7
Views: 2350

Teresa,

Have you ever played that instrument, or heard it played? How did you think it sounded?

Don
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 11, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Moderates Are Revolting!
Replies: 10
Views: 1341

No.

Sanity is returning to the GOP. They know that they're in trouble, that W's time (even with three more years) is limited, and that the American people as a whole don't want the far-right policies that this administration has pushed.
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos
Replies: 18
Views: 4081

Re: First Pick: Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos

Corlyss wrote:

"Composers tend not to be the best interpreters of their own music."

Except that Rachmaninoff was one of the greatest pianists who ever lived, so I think he's an exception!
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: God P.O'd at Anti-I.D. PA Voters
Replies: 1
Views: 575

I don't see Robertson as having much relevance to this whole matter. because in him I see no evidence of either evolution OR intelligent design.
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Aussie to Be First Female to Conduct the Vienna P.O.!
Replies: 9
Views: 2465

I wish he had too, Gregg, but it would have been quite out of character for him. He wasn't one to "stir things up" except musically!
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Thaumaturge of Music
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Saint-Saens

I agree with Lance that Saint-Saens is a wonderful and underrated composer. Recently heard a clarinet sonata and a cello sonata by him. All beautiful, virtuosic works in a romantic idiom. Wouldn't want to do without them!
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Aussie to Be First Female to Conduct the Vienna P.O.!
Replies: 9
Views: 2465

I wish her good luck. Vienna can be a tough and nasty town. One of my teachers, a wonderful pianist, played his debut there at age 50. The review of the concert, on which he played the Beethoven Fourth Concerto, said "The old gentlemen has now hopefully played twice in Vienna; that means for the fir...
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Florence Foster Jenkins
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

I've heard some of the ads for the show, but to me the actress doesn't sound like her. Because she's trying to sound bad. Florence, on her recordings, was trying to sound good; it just didn't come out that way!
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Tonight! Live! Globally! ME!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 3396

That's terrific, Ralph! I'll be out at that time but will see if I can catch some of it in the car. Hope it goes wonderfully!
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting Practice String Instruments Created By My Uncle
Replies: 7
Views: 2350

Interesting Practice String Instruments Created By My Uncle

(Over 400 of these have been built, and many of them were purchased by well-known professionals. Sorry the site does not look as impressive here as it really is because the photos could not be reproduced here.) PRACTICE / TRAVEL CELLO PRACTICE / TRAVEL VIOLIN & VIOLA The most compact practice/travel...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: More About Our Glorious Leader
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

More About Our Glorious Leader

The New York Times November 8, 2005 After President Bush's disastrous visit to Latin America, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has more than three years to run. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest...
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reid Infuriates Frist by Forcing Closed Senate Session
Replies: 18
Views: 2031

Thanks for the explanation, Ralph!
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Should classical radio drop the news?
Replies: 17
Views: 3173

Actually, the NY NPR station, WNYC, does have classical music at night, but not also during the daytime, as it used to. That, and WQXR are all we've got here, surely a sad state of affairs for a city of 8 million people, and a metropolitan area almost half again as large. Gone are the happy days whe...
by Donald Isler
Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reid Infuriates Frist by Forcing Closed Senate Session
Replies: 18
Views: 2031

Glad the Democrats did this. You can bet that no Republican followers of this administration want that report to come out anytime soon. But Ralph, what are the rules under which the Democrats were able to get this closed-door session to take place? Can such a session by reqested by either side at an...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Barbara Cook to Sing at the Met, Yes, THE Met!
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Well then, I heard Vladimir Horowitz "sing" at the Met (in a manner of speaking).
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Congratulations to Lance!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3801

Congrats, Lance (whatever the real number is!)!
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Occasionally The U.N. Does the Right Thing!
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Occasionally The U.N. Does the Right Thing!

HAARETZ Tue., November 01, 2005 Tishrei 29, 5766 Israel Time: 18:17 (EST+7) UN unanimously declares Jan. 27 int'l Holocaust Day By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Reuters NEW YORK - The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to set Januar...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: More VACLAV TALICH from Supraphon!
Replies: 10
Views: 2110

I have his recording of the Dvorak Slavonic Rhapsodies, etc. from the 30's. The sound isn't great but the playing is terrific!
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Arrau's earliest LP recordings and performances
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

I have been very impressed by the virtuosity of Arrau on recordings he made as a young man, but it seems to me that when he was older he felt slowness equalled profundity. I never heard him live (had tickets once to a concert he cancelled) so the closest I came to hearing a live performance was seei...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hamelin
Replies: 3
Views: 1185

Hamelin

Don't think I'll be able to be there myself, but if anyone is in New York this evening Marc-Andre Hamelin is playing a recital of Haydn, Schumann and Liszt on the People's Symphony Concert series downtown at Washington Irving High School. It's a very unglamorous hall, but very large, and the tickets...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: N.Y. Philharmonic and New Orleans P. Combine in Gala
Replies: 3
Views: 2183

Caught the end of it (encores) in the car, and thought I must be delusional as I was switching back and forth on the radio between WQXR and WNYC and kept hearing the SAME THING!
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: WSJ Makes it Official:Mr. President, Pull Meirs' Nomination!
Replies: 10
Views: 2238

Gracious me! The nomination is "damaging the White House and its prospects for a successful second term."??!! And just when everything was going so well!
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she would know!
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Sadly, he's not here anymore. So we can only speculate on what he would think if he were still alive, and if he knew what had happened since his death, and what is going on now.
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6349

Hi Gary,

No, I'm not angry at all. I was just commenting that we all react differently. Actually it was an interesting idea you expressed.
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6349

Gary,

If that's your reaction I can't argue with it. We all have our own taste!
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6349

Hi Gregg, Thanks for your interesting response. Most of the Hungerford recordings have been recently re-released by Artemis on the Vanguard Classics label, so they are once again available. I would not say that Hungerford was "in vogue" here in the 60's and 70's (would that he had been so lucky!) bu...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Teresa B, how'd the concerto go?
Replies: 10
Views: 1698

Not among any of those pieces, except the slow movements!
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6349

Sorry! I accidentally posted just now under my father's name (Werner). But those are MY favorite Beethoven pianists (and his too, I think!)

Don
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6349

I have never found Backhaus to be terribly deep, but his technical brilliance can be quite thrilling sometimes.
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Teresa B, how'd the concerto go?
Replies: 10
Views: 1698

Teresa,

Do you specialize in the key of E-Flat??!!
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pool is Now Open!
Replies: 57
Views: 7228

I'm quite amused by the hypocrisy on this subject. I don't think most of the Republicans getting ready to fight this nomination are worried because of a possible lack of qualifications of this candidate. They're concerned about her politics, which is exactly what they'd criticize if the Democrats di...
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reality TV - Palestinian Style
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Haaretz Last update - 03:07 14/10/2005 More Palestinians killed in internal strife this year By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service For the first time since the start of the intifada, more Palestinians have been killed in internal violence since the start of the year than those wh...
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Well said, Karl!
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Gregory has expressed it best. I stand by everything I wrote. I am sorry if she doesn't understand it. When she says that non-literal religion doesn't work, because she's tried it, she means it doesn't work for her. And that's all that counts! What's meaningful to anyone else is not of interest to h...
by Donald Isler
Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Vaseena wrote: You have not responded to my post regarding the non-literal nature of the Bible, so I will reiterate here: When one's religion leads them to a belief about something that can be explored logically/scientifically, but that belief is contrary to what logical/scientific investigation ind...
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: KARL HENNING: Birthday on October 6th!
Replies: 30
Views: 4362

Happy Birthday, Karl! Enjoy!
by Donald Isler
Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Rogch wrote: "What will happen on the West Bank if Israel withdraws? That is not easy to predict, but it should of course be subject to negotiations." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But what if they don't keep any of their promises? They have ye...
by Donald Isler
Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

I never said that poetry is a basis for objective truth. Sorry that you are once again twisting words to say I said things I never said, nor believed. I never said the Bible is literally true, or that it should be taken that way. Others believe that, but I don't. Logic is not a way to approach relig...
by Donald Isler
Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Why is it so offensive that there should be one state with a Jewish majority in the world? Why?? The Jewish people have already been through one holocaust within the last century. A bi-national solution would result in another. And virtually all Jews know this. Unfortunately, everything in recent hi...
by Donald Isler
Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

Donald Isler wrote: "But if religion can only be validated by dry logic and precise historical proof without any poetry, intuition and imagination then it's a sad affair. Also, we would never have had any music from Bach! And, as Abraham Joshua Heschel (anybody ever heard of him?) said "We understan...
by Donald Isler
Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Very Special Rosh Hashonah Greeting for
Replies: 4
Views: 1268

Actually, the New Year will be 5766.

Best wishes to everyone!
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 37096

This entire thread can be seen as quite deep, or pointless. No hope that either side will convince the other. Which is fine. No one should feel forced to take on anyone else's beliefs. But if religion can only be validated by dry logic and precise historical proof without any poetry, intuition and i...