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by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting Letter To the Editor (of the NY Times)
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Interesting Letter To the Editor (of the NY Times)

The New York Times December 10, 2005 To the Editor: Re "Running Out of Steam," by David Brooks (column, Dec. 8): There's a simpler explanation as to why the conservative agenda has stalled. Conservatives are no longer conservatives. Twenty years ago, I was a conservative and believed in balanced bud...
by Donald Isler
Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: REPUBLICAN CHARITY
Replies: 27
Views: 4617

Somehow I'm not able to make myself cry for the sufferings of the wealthy when they pay their taxes. According to everything I've read, during the last several years, when Republicans controlled the Congress and the Presidency, the gap between rich and poor has grown. Tax cuts, and cuts in food stam...
by Donald Isler
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: REPUBLICAN CHARITY
Replies: 27
Views: 4617

REPUBLICAN CHARITY

The New York Times Editorial December 6th, 2995 Profiles in Pusillanimity Q. When is a self-proclaimed moderate Republican lawmaker just another malleable vote? A. When House G.O.P. leaders hold a budget-cutting showdown open after midnight for extended arm-twisting on the eve of their long holiday ...
by Donald Isler
Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: REPUBLICAN JUSTICE
Replies: 0
Views: 536

REPUBLICAN JUSTICE

The New York Times Editorial December 6th, 2005 When the Republicans won control over both houses of Congress in 1994, they declared war on the federally financed program that assists poor people with civil legal problems. While they stopped short of abolishing the program, they imposed deep budget ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yours truly - away for a week!
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Have a good time. Lance!
by Donald Isler
Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Goodbye for 3-5 Days
Replies: 35
Views: 5574

Lots of luck, and a quick recovery, Ralph!
by Donald Isler
Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: FIXING THE GAME
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

FIXING THE GAME

Editorial The New York Times December 5th, 2005 The rules of American democracy say every president may install his own team of like-minded people in the government - even at a place like the Justice Department, which is at its root a law-enforcement agency and not a campaign branch office. But the ...
by Donald Isler
Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phony Journalism: yet another Bush export
Replies: 131
Views: 24330

The claim that hiring Iraqi "correspondents" to produce articles favorable to the Bush administration's policies is just like the New York Times producing articles to the opposite effect is absurd. The latter is a company which can hold any political position its owners choose. The former is our gov...
by Donald Isler
Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: November 30: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 5
Views: 1260

Happy Birthday, Daniel!
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: David Duke in Syria: The Jews control the world
Replies: 6
Views: 1838

I'd rather have him in Syria, where he can do little harm, than here. That his electoral bids after running for the Louisiana legislature were unsuccessful is true but it should not be forgotten that he was ALMOST elected governor of that state. In fact, the majority of whites voted for him. He lost...
by Donald Isler
Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Whither the Southern Accent?
Replies: 28
Views: 4892

G.B. Shaw said he could prove that GHOTI spelled FISH. I think he said the GH should be pronounced the same as in TROUGH, the O as in women, and the TI as in transportation.
by Donald Isler
Sun Nov 27, 2005 10:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: November 26: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

A friend who now lives in Texas and is a very fine pianist said Earl Wild was also an excellent teacher. More than 30 years after studying with him rarely does a day go by when she doesn't think of something he taught her. Sometimes he would miss lessons while on tour, but when he returned he would ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Nov 27, 2005 10:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: November 26: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

THE NEW YORK TIMES 90? Who's 90? Just Give Him a Piano By ANTHONY TOMMASINI Published: November 27, 2005 IN 1986, the American virtuoso pianist Earl Wild - a former staff pianist for NBC television, who composed, arranged and played music for Sid Caesar's "Caesar's Hour" in the mid-1950's and wrote ...
by Donald Isler
Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anecdotes about Leopold Godowsky
Replies: 10
Views: 3175

I've had the pleasure of meeting his grandson, Leopold Godowsky III, a few times. Very nice man, and a pianist and composer. But he physically resembles not his grandfather but the other famous musician to whom he was related, his uncle, George Gershwin.
by Donald Isler
Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Down With the Piano!!!!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 4496

Wallingford wrote:

"or, rather, Down With PIANISTS."

WHAT???????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Donald Isler
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: November 17: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 3
Views: 1095

Joel Rosen, pianist and teacher. Died November 17th, 1998. Born February 15th, 1928
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: 4496

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: 2235

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: 4710

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: 2235

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: 5687

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: 2258

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: 2258

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: 891

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: 2565

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: 1350

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: 4473

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: 593

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: 2623

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: 1104

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: 2623

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: 1305

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: 3529

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: 2565

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: 1208

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: 2124

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: 3573

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: 2124

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: 1026

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: 4023

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: 872

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: 2340

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: 1903

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: 1323

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: 2309

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: 2382

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: 1771

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: 6910

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: 6910

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: 6910

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...