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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: 2027

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: 1546

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: 1118

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: 2119

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: 2158

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: 1587

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: 5957

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: 5957

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: 5957

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: 1635

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: 5957

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: 5957

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: 1635

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: 7126

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: 1182

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: 35260

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: 35260

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: 35260

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: 4140

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: 35260

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: 35260

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: 35260

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: 35260

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: 1191

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: 35260

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...
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: GAO Slams Bush Administration for Buying News
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

4) Oh, and those poor people who took refuge in the Superdome are much better off now since "It wasn't going so well for them before," as Barbara said.
by Donald Isler
Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: GAO Slams Bush Administration for Buying News
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

I guess you do what you have to to get your message across. After all, credibility and honesty aren't particularly important to this administration, and the top guy doesn't even read the papers so those who do may as well read what he wants them to. Stay tuned for similar "news" items telling us: 1)...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 35260

To add to what Pizza said about the necessity of study to know what one's talking about: Here's part of an article from a local paper, the Scarsdale Inquirer (9/23/05), wherein a young Reconstructionist rabbi explains how he got hooked on studying Jewish texts, and their relevance: "Back at school (...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Alberto Vilar's NYC Condo Up for Sale!
Replies: 6
Views: 1425

What excellent timing, Lance! Now that you're allegedly "retired," hopefully on a good pension, it sounds perfect for you, and just about large enough for your collection. Plus, we'd get to see you more often in New York!
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: OktoberHenningMusikFest
Replies: 18
Views: 3224

Glad to hear you're busy and doing more good work, Karl!
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Helen Schnabel's recordings resurfacing on CD!
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Lance said:

"Yes, only child. It's heartbreaking, something like this."

I remember his grandfather, Karl Ulrich, telling me how talented he was.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 3422

The Spohr Society of Great Britain, which one can join for a modest amount, has a journal and newsletter which give more information about Spohr, his life and music, and performances and recordings of his works. Some people believe that although he was the son of a Lutheran minister his music was no...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 35260

She hasn't offered anything except to say that everyone should believe what she does, or else we're wrong. That's intolerant. She challenged an Orthodox Jew to defend Matthew. That is ignorant. I know children with more open minds.
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 3422

I think he's a very worthwhile composer. I've just gone back to practicing his Piano Sonata, of which I made the first recording. If interested you can find it at: www.kasprecords.com
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 35260

I disagree that Vaseena is using an intellectual approach to this whole business. Using the intellect requires a certain amount of work and study as well as thinking, and she's too lazy to do that. Anyone with a minimum of study would know that: 1) Jews don't believe in the New Testament, 2) The com...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are you practicing/playing right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 3083

Hi Teresa, Perfection, no, but to make it better........................ Keep listening to everything you're doing and think about what you're not happy with, and if possible, why. Also, I like to record my playing from time to time and have learned a lot from listening to myself as an "outsider." S...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13418

Back around 1971 a group of fellow students at the Manhattan School of Music and I attended an Earl Wild recital at Town Hall. Can't remember all of the program, but he played Beethoven's Sonata in B-Flat, op. 22 on the first half, and some Liszt on the second. During the intermission one friend tol...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Observations From A Recovering Christian
Replies: 317
Views: 35260

Michael Lerner represents the left of the left; not most of us center and slightly left of center Jews. Then of course, on the right, there's Rabbi Ovadia in Israel who in his "great wisdom" recently declared that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment on 1) America for pushing Israel to withdraw fr...
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are you practicing/playing right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 3083

Don't worry, Teresa. I heard Horowitz play the G-Minor Ballade in concert two or three times, and never was the coda note-perfect!
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13418

An 11 year old student quite some years ago told me that he too liked classical music. I asked him what, specifically, he liked to hear. He replied "Die, Walker!" Knowing that kids mix up classical with other kinds of music, including classical rock, and having never heard of a group with such a nam...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13418

My "late former teacher" (come to think of it, I have a few of them) to whom Joe refers was Robert Goldsand, a kind and charming gentleman, and a very fine pianst when he was still in shape. It's unfortunate he wasn't prevented from performing those last few concerts. I couldn't bring myself to go h...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13418

Not a blooper, but another amusing Hungerford story. He once gave a recital at the Emelin Theater here in Westchester County. Apparently the artist's room shared a wall with the ladies' room. At intermission he said he couldn't help overhearing a conversation from the other side of the wall, while h...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13418

And I apparently made a blooper in telling one of these stories! A reliable source tells me that the conductor in the story of the Schnabel memory lapse in K. 488 was not Walter, but Rodzinski.
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5166

No, you won't be able to tell which of the pianists is the former chancellor, but ONE of them is he! Otherwise you'll have to ask him to make a new solo recording for you!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5166

BBC Music magazine Article About former Prime Minister Heath Sir Edward Heath, the musical politician How the former Prime Minister showed a rare talent at the keyboard and on the podium 19/07/2005 Sir Edward Heath, who has died aged 89, was a musician of some talent. Encouraged by his mother, Heath...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 5166

Recordings with former Chancellor Schmidt: http://www.musicabona.com/schmidt_helmut/cd/index.html.en+helmut+schmidt+piano&hl=en Helmut Schmidt JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Konzerte fur 2, 3 und 4 Klaviere, Concertos for 2, 3 and 4 Pianos, Concertos pour 2, 3 et 4 Pianos, Concerti per 2, 3 e 4 pianoforti:, ...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dumb Beyond Belief
Replies: 2
Views: 1340

Dumb Beyond Belief

Haaretz Last update - 03:13 19/09/2005 Haaretz investigates French FM's faux pas at Yad Vashem By Avirama Golan, Haaretz Correspondent The French satirical magazine Le Canard Enchaine reported in its September 14th issue that during the visit of French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy to the n...
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: America's Most Beloved A*sshole Does It Again!
Replies: 20
Views: 4659

You don't have to like Jimmy Carter. It's quite popular not to these days, though I know one minister who said Carter is hero of his. Myself, I have mixed feelings about his legacy. But one has to admit: 1) Carter had the guts to go against the immioral political situation he grew up with and fight ...
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The New Boss
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Ralph said:

"We'll see but imagine if it would be "The Stein Court."

Now that's a candidate I could support!
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Replies: 8
Views: 2223

When I used to teach at the Prep Center at Brooklyn College about 10 years ago I had a colleague, quite a brilliant pianist named Daniel Rubenstein, who played Lygeti Etudes impressively. Wonder what he's doing now, since we lost touch.